Laptop use whilst abroad

  beebender 11:00 11 Apr 2009


I am going to Cyprus for most of May and will be taking my laptop with me in order to pay UK bills while I am away.

This will be the first time I have used my laptop abroad.

I have full AVG security system and wonder if there are any additional risks in using a laptop to access my finances while I am away.

Advice please.

  johndrew 11:07 11 Apr 2009

There is always a risk using online accounts; this may be more pronounced when away from home as your laptop is likely to be more susceptible to theft/loss.

I would suggest you ensure data - especially passwords - are encrypted to foil any thieves.

My choice would be to set up direct debits or standing orders to pay all the usual bills, including credit cards. You can always cancel them on your return.

  McD 12:45 11 Apr 2009

I live in Cyprus and there are many ex-pats who "fly south" for the winter months and bring laptops etc for use here, without any problems.
One thing I will advise is: don't expect to find Wi-Fi or hot-spots all over the place. They are few and far between. This will give you some idea where you can connect.
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Also Broadband hasn't reached too far outside the the towns and cities, so dial up is still very much the "norm"
Let me know if you need any other information.

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