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11. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

I'm off to Canada this year for a few weeks, and will definitely be taking along my MacBook! I'm a bit of a photographer though, which makes it a virtually essential item nowadays :) I'm a little worried about what to do with it whilst in a hostel for 5days though...!

12. Posted by spank18 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hey all!

Thanks for all your posts!

I have had a long think about it and at the moment it looks like I wont take one.

If I do, it will be supped up Toshiba Libretto. (So Small)

Otherwise, it will be the MP3 HDD option.

Thanks again for all you posts, if you have any other suggestions please get them up so we can all share in them!

Matt

13. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

It's not the weight of the laptop, but the many security issues. I agree with those who suggested that you leave it safely at home.
There really is no safe way to bank on your trip using a public computer, thanks to key loggers. Are you sure you can't take care of all your banking requirements before you depart? Can you pre-pay al your bills or arrange for automatic deductions?

14. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

In case you do change your mind don't! lol it's not worth the hassle. It's risky to have one in your backpack.

15. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

I was thinking of getting a laptop for the next time i go. i like communication (indeed, i was scourged with it), and i like effeciency and security. but it depends on where youre going. some of the places i want to go to wouldnt hold it up. and if youre going on a multiple trip, you can always bring it with you and either leave it with a friend (if youre coming back that way) or mail it home if youre worried about it. so the question is really how much youre going to use it where you are - if youre going to be in a hut with no electricity for a month...perhaps not. though if youre in more 'civilized' areas (i know im being stereoptypical, i mean cities and such) then it would come in useful.

so where are you going?

16. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting Eric19382

There really is no safe way to bank on your trip using a public computer, thanks to key loggers. Are you sure you can't take care of all your banking requirements before you depart? Can you pre-pay al your bills or arrange for automatic deductions?

If you want safe banking while away travelling, really the only somewhat safe-ish way is to leave it to someone you absolutely trust at home, and email instructions. That way, no privacy-sensitive data is sent over the web.

Also, consider the 'secondary travelling account'; if it isn't mentioned anywhere in this thread, it is in a couple of others in this forum. Else, pm me.

Niels

17. Posted by euanross (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

For my digital SLR I have a portable photo storage hard drive which works a treat.

18. Posted by spank18 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hey all! you have all given me some awesome responses. Thank you for that.

Samot, a question, what is the brand and model of your portable hard drive?

Secondly, what cases are people using for the DSLR's? I want something safe but not big, as we all know, space is @ a premium!!

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Matt

19. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

I vote for carrying a laptop with you. Even on a backpacking trip, I believe it would be very well worth it. Indeed I'm a photographer and need it for that reason - but even without the imaging needs there are so many uses of a small computer. Banking and booking aside - you can find so much information about stuff that can be virtually impossible to get from asking around.

One warning however - don't carry it with you for entertainment reasons only... Then it might become a distraction from the important things about your journey.

20. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

If you're more technologically inclined, and REALLY want to do your banking on the road you could try a Knoppix Boot CD:
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
http://www.knoppix.net/

Basically this is an entire operating system that runs off of a CD, so it bypasses the hard drive (and what ever malicious software may be installed on the Hard drive) altogether. You just stick the CD into the CD drive and reboot the computer.

If you're really ambitious you could customise the CD so that all your user settings and bookmarks are available on the CD (but this requires knowlege of Linux. Here's a Knoppix forum that may provide some help: http://www.knoppix.net/forum/index.php).

The proprieter of the internet cafe may have issues with this (if he knows there are keyloggers, he's probably making money off of them), so choose a computer away from his sight :P

Also, hardware-based keyloggers do exist, so check where the keyboard plugs into the computer. If there is a separate dongle between the two, there may be a keylogger. Of course, it may also just be a USB to PS/2 connector...