Make sure that your 2013 data is safe and sound while youâ??re out of town. Be prepared for every eventuality including theft, fire, lightning, power surges, or water damage.

The technical wizards at Dial a Nerd have put together some tips on how you can take care of your PC before the holidays:

Back up your data

Sometimes the importance of this is underestimated, but once you have lost your valuable documents, e-mails, photos and other memories due to theft, fire or corruption there is no way to get it back.

It is advisable to keep your backups off site; by using an external hard drive, flash drive or set of disks.

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Online â??Cloud-basedâ? backups are also very convenient. Backing up into the Cloud simply means your data is stored securely on a server somewhere on the internet.

It is advisable to keep your backups off site; by using an external hard drive, flash drive or set of disks

The benefits are numerous besides being easy and convenient; they also offer added security; time and money savings; hassle free up-to-date backups; reliability; easy accessibility; flexibility and scalability.

Unplug and switch off your computer

This applies to all other cables and devices including your modem, telephone, printer and scanner. The biggest mistake that is made is forgetting to unplug the modem. If there is an electrical storm, it will almost always result in the modem blowing.

Store your laptop in a safe place

Keep it in a locked cupboard or somewhere else that is equally secure and non-visible.

If you are taking your laptop with you, it is advisable to carry it in something other than a laptop bag so as not to draw too much attention to it.

Some ideas include a briefcase, suitcase, tog bag, or backpack. Some companies even make laptop bags that look like big brown envelopes.

Enjoy your travels with peace of mind that your computer and peripherals will be safe for your return.