Laptop Security

I’m sure you recently have read about 2 laptops that were stolen from the Veterans’ Administration and laptops stolen from other companies.  Additionally, I’m sure you read about the recent scare of terrorists wanting to take over planes that was stopped in England and England is banning laptops as carry-ons among other items.  What does all of this mean?  You need to add some sort of security to your laptop to protect your data.  The first and easiest way is to backup your data.  Another way is to leave your laptop behind and store your data on a CD, DVD, or USB Flash drive and carry these to your destination when traveling.  A third security measure, might be to add tracking software for your laptop.  Two recent programs have come to my attention in this regard.  The first is called LoJack for Laptops and is made by Absolute Software and costs $49.99 a year.  For more information about this product click here.  The other tracking software that came to my attention is CyberAngel Security Software by CyberAngel Security Systems.  This will cost you $59.95 a year or $149.90 for the life of your computer.  For more information about this product click here.  The bottom line is that you need to protect not only your data, but the laptop itself.

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One Comment on “Laptop Security”

  1. Jamie Says:

    I completely understand where you’re coming from. I advise clients on data security all the time. You’d be surprised how many people don’t worry about it in the least. While laptop tracking and portable storage devices are definitely beneficial, I HIGHLY suggest that everyone encrypt the data on their laptops and their USB flash drives. The only company that I know of that provides affordable encryption software that really works is StompSoft. I have both their Portable Vault and their Digital Vault and I am very secure in the knowledge that my data is protected. If you are going to leave your laptop at home and take your USB drive on a trip with you, it’s really important that you encrypt it. The drives are so small and get lost so easily. If you happen to misplace it and someone picks it up, you’ll have a problem. However, if you have it encrypted the risk will be minimal. If you really want to protect your data, I’d seriously consider the Stompsoft programs.

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