Securing Your Laptop
More and more, people are frequently using laptops as their main and only computer. Because of their portability, laptops are a very popular criminal target, and we must be aware of the security risks concerning them. These risks cover not only the laptop itself, but the data contained within it. Installing a firewall, updating the operating system and anti-virus software, using a strong password, and encrypting the data are all important in order to secure a laptop. It is also equally important to physically protect your laptop.
Follow These Tips to Help Protect Your Laptop:
- Always protect your laptop while it's unattended. The best way to protect your laptop while it's unattended is to use a security cable that is connected to an immovable object, like a desk or pole. Some security cables also incorporate devices that will sound an alarm if the laptop is moved outside a specific range.
- Enable or install full-disk encryption on your laptop
- Never store your password inside your laptop case or on the laptop itself.
- Never leave your laptop in your car.
- If you are traveling, never store your laptop in checked luggage. Always keep you laptop as close to you as possible.
- Always backup your important files. If the laptop is lost or stolen, at least you will still have a copy of your important files.
You may also consider purchasing a software package that will help you track down your laptop if it is stolen. There are several security solutions for tracking down lost laptops, such as LoJack or Adeona.
If your laptop is stolen, report it immediately, and if your laptop contains sensitive information that can be used to perpetrate identity theft, visit the following site for further instructions: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft.
Always remember to treat your laptop like cash money: guard it from theft at all times. For more information on how to secure your laptop, visit the following sites: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0015-laptop-security and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-017.