How to Protect your Laptop
Over the last decade laptops have over taken desktop PCs as the most commonly sold computer system. More and more people are opting for the convenience of a laptop that allows you to be connected to the internet and everything on your computer from anywhere in the world.
Although laptops have many advantages security is not one of them. Laptops are portable by their very nature which makes them easy to steal. Carrying such a valuable item around with you could unfortunately make you a target to thieves.
To help prevent your laptop or the data on it from being lost or stolen here are some top security tips.
1. Never advertise your laptop to thieves
2. Password protect everything
If your laptop is used for your work this may even be a contractual requirement.
Remember that random passwords are the most secure and should contain a mixture of letters (both upper and lower case) and numbers.
3. Use a laptop security cable chain
4. Back up all your files
The worst part about losing a laptop is often losing all your data. You can replace your laptop but it can be very hard to get back all your photos, videos and documents stored on your hard disc. It is therefore important that you back up this data.
5. Install tracking software
Tracking software installed on your computer works silently in the background sending location information about your laptop to a website via the internet. This information is normally based on surrounding Wi-Fi connections. If the thief connects your computer to the internet you will be alerted as to where your computer is. This information can be extremely useful to the police for catching the thief and ultimately returning your property.
6. Business IT Security
Business IT security companies make available security packages that include much of the devices and software talked about here. If laptop security is essential to your work it may be worth considering paying professionals.
Following these tips can help reduce the chances that your laptop will get stolen as well as making it easier to recover your data should you be unfortunate enough fall victim to such a crime.