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Travel Forums General Talk Should I bring my netbook

1. Posted by davkel (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Heading away for 6 months travelling from south america to australasia thailand etc. Was gonna bring my netbook but not sure if its a good idea if I'm only going to be worrying about it. Has anyone brought one around?? It fits perfectly in the secret pouch in my bag but dont know?? any advie

2. Posted by NAOB (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I think that it is really bad idea. Look. I was travelling through Australia. I was not experienced so i took my netbook. On the second week I was travelling to the Tasmania island. First impression was great but our guide forgot that there are very unpleasant creatures tasmanian devils. When we were sleeping one of them stole my beg with food and netbook. I find my netbook in the morning it was broken. Devil tried to eat it. So. Choose.

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

I think that's a really unlucky and a one off thing that happened to the poster above. I have never heard anything like that before!

We have been travelling for 3 years, we started without a laptop and 6 months in we bought one. Yep, a full sized 14 inch laptop. We are glad we are travelling with it as there is lots of free wifi out there and you have everything saved to your own laptop so you can be sure there aren't any viruses (viri? what's the plural of virus?!) on your system.

It's far easier to blog, upload and save photos and of course it's much safer to do your internet banking without having to worry someone is logging your keystrokes etc. It's easier to research places online too if you don't have to spend twice as long on an internet cafe computer which hasn't been updated in the last 5 years (it frustrated us so much!).

Our laptop doubles as a DVD player too which comes in handy...but your little netbook probably hasn't got that feature. If you take it just remember to back everything up regularly whether on online storage or a DVD to send home. We do this and then we can be sure we won't lose all our photos etc.

Just take precautions when you leave your hostel/hotel and make sure it's locked up and well hidden.

4. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

actually it is equally unsafe to use internet banking if using free wifi, as anyone can just decode what you are sending across the internet.

I have never travelled with a netbook and dont know why you would need it unless you like to blog. you just worry about it getting stolen and have to carry it.

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Quoting sovarn

actually it is equally unsafe to use internet banking if using free wifi, as anyone can just decode what you are sending across the internet.

That depends on how you have your computer set up...there is a special setting that you have to turn off (it's not an obvious one) which I can't remember what it's called now as my boyfriend did it on our computer and we are now hacker proof. We saw the feature on CNN on this and changed all our settings!

6. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

It may be possible to hack your bank details over wifi. But it would be a lot harder, especially with the methods banks use these days to log in. I will be definitely taking a netbook with me, for a variety of reasons. Carrying a wealth of information, that would not be practical in paper form, keeping a blog updated, internet banking, share trading, skype phone calls, entertainment (music collection and films). To list a few. I think I'll take the risk of a tasmanian devil stealing my bag and trying to eat it, just as I will take the risk of an asteroid landing on it, which is probably as likely. Some people hate technology. Think of the positives that you would use it for and the negatives and make a decision. These days they are so much cheaper, smaller, lighter and have long battery life. It's a lot more practical in my opinion.

7. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Well I'm off to Australia for a year next Feb and I just bought one of these babies off ebay for £450 brand new. This notebook is powerful and compact and comes with a 3G so even if I cant find a wifi point I can stay connected.

http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProductCategory.action?category=VP+P+Series&site=voe_en_GB_cons#sc2pair1

Anyone know of good PAYG 3G suppliers in Australia?

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Aug-2009, at 02:54 by NewLife ]

8. Posted by ErolGirl (Budding Member 78 posts) 7y

Hey

We just bought our netbook for traveling this morning :) got £45 off, so it was only £200 (Acer Aspire One). It has integrated 3G, wifi and a webcam and a decent hard drive, usb ports, the usual stuff. I think it will be brilliant while traveling, just so I can blog, ebank, store photos on a dongle and most importantly keep in touch with my mum!! Its really light and tiny :) and cheap enough!!

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

If you are working then a netbook, laptop etc. will probably be an asset. Otherwise manage without it. They are quite new gadgets to the travel scene and really are not a travel accessory, more a luxury and an unecessary luxury at that, bit like an expensive watch. For that matter any watch at all isnt really necessary.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

Quoting sovarn

actually it is equally unsafe to use internet banking if using free wifi, as anyone can just decode what you are sending across the internet.

This is not really true. The encryption used for the WiFi itself is indeed completely unsafe, so regular web pages can be read by anyone in the neighbourhood (and so on a site like travellerspoint or facebook, your cookies could be read, which means that someone else could log in as you). However, the encryption used on banking sites is still nearly completely safe. The only big risk with banking over public wifi is that someone will have poisoned the DNS cache (or is just running open wifi specifically to let you use their bad DNS server), and will give you the ip address for a phishing server when you think you're going to your bank. Check that the lock (or the green location bar, depending on your browser) is present, and that the full domain of your bank is showing in the location bar, and that's safe enough.

Quoting loubylou

That depends on how you have your computer set up...there is a special setting that you have to turn off (it's not an obvious one) which I can't remember what it's called now as my boyfriend did it on our computer and we are now hacker proof. We saw the feature on CNN on this and changed all our settings!

I don't know what you're talking about here, but it sounds like complete bollocks. There's certainly many settings which can improve one's security when toggled, but there's no hidden magic setting which can make one "hacker proof", and a false belief in something like that would actually make you much less safe, as you'd start to take silly risks while browsing.


Anyway, if internet banking if a must, taking a netbook or laptop with you is the only sane thing to do. There is no way security in internet cafes can be trusted for this. (The alternative to bringing a laptop/netbook is to have trusted people at home do your internet banking for you.)

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Sep-2009, at 11:25 by Sander ]