I leave for a two week stay in China (Beijing), on Friday. I would like to take a laptop with me. I have heard however, that there is a significant risk of becoming infected with malware or spyware. Is this true? I will not have the laptop on me at all times.
Some of these questions are admittedly naive, but I'd rather feel chagrined for asking, then suffer for ignorance. I don't work in a sensitive area (I'm a professor at a 2-year college). So, there is nothing on my personal laptop "worth stealing." However, I don't particularly want to take a stupid risk. I do run antivirus software.
Should I be worried about persons trying to hack into/infect my computer?
Should I be worried about the government wanting to access files (and holding me accountable for some downloaded files like comic CBR files)? I have no idea how stringently IP laws are enforced over there.
WIll I be able to access Google docs or MS Skydrive? (I'm prepping lectures and I want to be able to get them that way (along with keeping them on USB). And my school's webpages?
I do want a computer there (so that I have something to do at night, at the very least), and I can possible get a loaner from my college. Is that much smarter? (I'd have to load a bunch of my own programs. So, that would be more time consuming.)
I'll also be spending two days in Tokyo (I doubt I have anything to worry about, there), if that matters.
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