Monday, June 11, 2012

Summertime Safe Computing

Because of travel and general absence from the office, summertime presents an elevated risk for theft of computing devices, especially mobile ones such as laptops, iPads and other tablets. But there are things that can be done to both deter as well as reduce the impact of—theft.

Reducing visibility is a major deterrent. If thieves can’t see it, they won’t go after it. Never leave laptops and similar devices visible in cars, offices, hotel rooms, etc. Whenever possible lock them in trunks, file cabinets, or closets. If they must be visible, consider using a security cable. Although not absolute protection against theft, they do slow down and often deter thieves.

Besides ensuring that all important information is backed-up and that access to the device uses a strong password, if the device contains sensitive or confidential information of any kind, consider encryption. This will ensure that, if it is stolen, thieves will not have access to any of the information stored on the device.