PCTechBytes: How to Lock Down Your Laptop

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By David Purcell, for PCTechBytes.com

How to Lock Down Your Laptop

What’s on your laptop? Your taxes? Your credit card information? Maybe your bank account password or social security number? If you think about it, your laptop contains a lot of personal data that could devastate you if lost. Laptops are gradually replacing desktops in homes and businesses and likely contain sensitive personal data. Are you taking the right precautions to protect your data by locking down your laptop? Hopefully, but if not, this article will describe some methods you can use to lock your laptop down and make it difficult for unauthorized users to access your personal data.

Methods of Securing Your Laptop Data

We have already discussed folder encryption methods in software such as TrueCrypt. Portable computers need a way to either prevent access to data or encrypt that data so it can never be read. Here are a few methods you can use to lock a laptop down.

Physical Laptop Lock – We know they look stupid, but a Physical Laptop Lock will help prevent your laptop (along with all of its valuable data) from just walking away. It can happen in seconds: you turn your head to talk to someone; you go up to the counter for a second double espresso at Starbucks, or someone just does a snatch and run. A physical lock is a deterrent that will cause a would-be thief to look for an easier target.

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