An executive was delivering a speech to a crowd of professionals. While he was taking questions moving about the crowd, he returned to the podium minutes later and discovered his laptop had been stolen. Not only did the laptop contain highly sensitive company information but also contained data that would be of great value to foreign governments.
Laptop theft, computer theft and identity theft can happen in a split second right under your nose. Therefore, it is vital to keep any computer or laptop ‘PC’ personal and confidential. Other than exercising common sense, here are some additional precautionary measures that can be taken to assist in laptop security.
- Install software for laptop security, tracking and recovery like Snuko software. This is invaluable in the event a laptop is stolen to increase the chances for retrieval.
- Passwords should not be saved and stored anywhere on a laptop. They are designed for the user only and should be deterrents to theft. However, many passwords are automatically saved in web browsers or tool bars that can be an automatic key for a thief to steal an identity and other sensitive information.
- Receipts and paper documentation including the serial number of your laptop should be stored in a safe place. This information could be valuable if a laptop is missing.
- Insure your laptop with theft insurance or laptop insurance. Various computer manufacturers may offer warranties that cover laptop loss or theft. In addition, laptop insurance can be purchased and in some cases may be covered under homeowners or renters insurance.
- Save all your files with an online backup service. They are available for storing valuable and irreplaceable information ranging from photos and music to financial documents. These may be more valuable than the laptop itself.
- Protect yourself by investing in an identity theft protection service. Once a thief has access to personal and ‘vital’ information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, bank accounts, work documents, etc., life may never be personal or private again.
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