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Data Security: Physical & Digital Threats


The security of your computer files isn't just about Internet security. Reliability doesn't constitute durability, and if your files are compromised by a hacker, virus, or even physical damage, it can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention hundreds of hours of your time. Don't let your laptop cost you big once you've come to rely on it. Protect your money and your time with these steps:


If you have a PC, antivirus software is essential. Without it you leave yourself open to remote attacks by hackers, malware, spyware, and Trojan horses. Antivirus programs such as Webroot and BitDefender, earn stellar reputations thanks to bells and whistles that don't come with many basic, and usually free web security systems. Premier antivirus software provides real time monitoring, theft security, a gamer mode, malware protection, and add blockers. When you pay top dollar for security such as these programs, they learn and constantly compile new threats to consistently improve effectiveness.

Passwords & Facial Recognition

If you don't have a password on your laptop, it's time you add one. While it might not be much good against an accomplished hacker, it might as well be a steel vault to an ordinary thief. Many premier laptops now go far beyond mere passwords and have facial recognition you can enable, so without your face, nobody can access your device and files.

The Right Tool

Not all laptops are created equal. Some are thin and light for those always on the go, but don't have the processing power that larger, more bulky computers might have. Sometimes durability is the most prized attribute. A computer that can take some punishment and still get the job done can be worth its weight in gold. That's why Lenovo released the 11e series. This series of rugged laptops is built for those who face heavy travel, field work in the wilderness, or simply for businesses that provide computers for employees. This way no data will go amiss because of physical harm.

Track Your Comp

If your laptop is stolen, use tracking software to find out exactly where your computer is, and how to find it. Prey is a top option in tracking software. It does much more than just geolocation. Prey allows you to remotely lock your computer, so even if the thief does make it past your password, they'll see a small popup that informs them that the device has been reported as stolen. If someone attempts to force entry, Prey will enable your computer's camera and take a picture of the perpetrator. Not only will you know where your computer is, but also who's taken it.

USB Security

If you use a USB stick, make sure it's as secure as your computer is. Always keep it in your carry-on instead of putting it in your checked luggage when flying. If your luggage is lost or stolen with your USB stick inside of it, that data is open for business. Encrypt the files on your USB stick with TrueCrypt or Microsoft's BitLocker.

Published Friday, October 30, 2015 1:05 PM by David Marshall
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