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Your laptop. Your life?

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These days, it seems that just about everybody uses a laptop or notebook computer to get work done away from the office or on the road. Not only do you keep important work files on your laptop, but also all your personal files, photos, music and much more. Unfortunately, the pervasiveness of laptop computing has made portable systems an easy target for theft. If your laptop computer is stolen, your company information—not to mention your personal and financial data – can be exposed and lost.

The best thing of course would be to prevent your laptop from being stolen – here are some tips to protect your laptop from theft when you’re out and about:

1. Avoid using computer bags.  Computer bags can make it obvious that you’re carrying a laptop. Instead, try toting your laptop in something more common, like a padded briefcase or suitcase.

2. Carry your laptop with you.  Always take your laptop on the plane rather than checking it with your luggage. It’s easy to lose luggage and it’s just as easy to lose your laptop. If you’re traveling by car, keep your laptop out of sight. For example, lock it in the boot when you’re not using it.

3. Keep your eye on your laptop. When you go through airport security, don’t lose sight of your bag. Hold your bag until the person in front of you has gone through the screening process. Many bags look alike, and yours can easily be lost in the shuffle.

4. Avoid setting your laptop on the floor. Putting your laptop on the floor is an easy way to forget or lose track of it as you talk at a ticket counter or order your latte. If you have to set it down, try to place it between your feet or leaning against your leg, so you’re always aware of it.

If however your laptop does get stolen – make sure you have made it hard for the thief to gain access to your info: Use strong passwords, and do not keep them in your laptop bag.  Strong passwords that are difficult to break or guess can thwart unauthorised access to individual files and even to the entire operating system. Encrypt your data. If someone should get your laptop and gain access to your files, encryption can give you another layer of protection. With the Windows operating system, you can choose to encrypt files and folders. Then, even if someone gains access to an important file, they can’t decrypt it and see your information. Always back up important files on an external hard drive that is kept separately from your laptop – that way if your computer is stolen, you still have access to all your files.

Most importantly, make sure your laptop is insured. If it should get stolen your insurance will replace it within a few days, you can then restore all your files from your back up hard drive and carry on with life with minimal time wasted.

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