Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Tips on How to Protect Your Laptop from Theft?

At present, it seems that everybody is using notebook or laptop computer to do their work, either they are on the road or in the office. However, the popularity and portability of laptops have made them one of the easy targets for theft. If someone gains access to your laptop, or if your device is stolen, there are chances that all the important details including your financial data and your company and personal information get exposed. If you own a MacBook, check out the article on macbook pro security lock.

Let’s find out how you can protect your laptop from theft.

1. Don’t Use Computer Bags
When you carry a computer bag, it looks obvious that you are carrying a laptop inside it. You can instead use padded suitcase or briefcase.

2. Secure your Laptop with Strong Passwords
Use of strong passwords that are hard to guess or break can stop unauthorized access to the operating system and individual files. Without the important access numbers or passwords, it will be tough for the thieves to access your corporate and personal information.

3. Encrypt the Data
You can choose to encrypt folder and files with the operating system of Windows. Even if someone attempts to access to your file, they won’t be able to decrypt it and see the information.

4. Carry the Laptop together with you
It is better to keep your laptop along with your while you are on the train or plane instead of keeping it with the luggage. It is easy to lose the laptop and the luggage. If you are inside the car, then you can lock the laptop inside the trunk.

5. Don’t Put the Laptop on the Floor
It is easy to lose track or forget about the laptop that you put on the floor as you order your latte or talk at a ticket counter. In case you need to put it down, place it between your feet, so that you are all the time aware of it.

6. Purchase Laptop Security Program or Device
In case you have to leave the laptop at your desk or inside a room, you can use a laptop security cable to attach it to a desk, table or chair. The cable will prevent your laptop from being taken away by someone. There are also devices and programs which will automatically track the location if the laptop is stolen. Such programs and devices work when the laptop is connected to the internet and report the physical location of the laptop. For example, the software LoJack is extremely popular for such purposes. This program not only tracks the stolen laptops, but also deletes or retrieves the data, disable the missing computer, and many more.

7. Don’t Ever Leave the Laptop inside the Hotel Room
It is easy to lose your belongings in the hotel rooms. These rooms are not totally safe and secure. If you have to leave the laptop inside the room, make sure you put the sign “Do not disturb” on the door. This will keep the hotel staff out. Leaving the laptop at the front desk is also not so appropriate.

Author Bio: Scott Garcia is an experienced technical writer. He has written lots of articles related to laptops and smartphones including iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

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