It is widely accepted to use laptop for getting the work done when you are off the office. Yet mobile computing attract laptop lifters and they are always on the look out for their prey (people with laptops).
While losing laptop means losing easy 1000 bucks it also jeopardizes your job and gives critical personal or financial information or company details to wrong people. It also means you have also lost system configuration you have set for smooth functioning. It kind of puts you at a bigger loss than the laptop per se. However, by following the 5 tips you can keep your laptop secured even when you are mobile computing on the road.
Stop carrying laptop bags when you have to travel in bus or train. It kind of sends obvious signals to the lifters that you are carrying one. Use an ordinary tote to carry it otherwise or even carry in a padded briefcase.
If you should be taking laptop for a flight journey carry it on your person. However, carrying a suitable computer lock with you should make it convenient as you can secure it. Investing in buying computer locks or say, a laptop security device will give you lot of peace of mind. If you have to leave the system in the airport lobby or even at work, attach the computer lock cable securely to a fixed heavy object such as a desk or chair is good idea.
You donít want everyone to know what youíve been doing in the system, do you? Computer locks with monitor cable lock should prevent shoulder surfers around to sneak peek into your laptop. The monitor cable lock just locks the screen of the laptop making it not only difficult to sneak peek but also lift it.
Carry laptop and passwords separately. In the sense do not have passwords and access information in the same briefcase that carries the laptop. Itís like making the job of laptop thief so much easier. Should you lose the laptop at least the thief canít access personal information.
Encrypting the data is more of after laptop is stolen. It works as a repair and prevent the laptop lifter to gain access through your files and pick up information. Encrypting gives added protection so the information stored is not retrieved even after the laptop is stolen. With OS such as Windows XP, Vista, and the Windows 7 encrypting the files and folders is possible.