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Make Your Mobile Device as Secure as Possible

With increasing use of Laptops and the resurgence of the Tablet PC, using your laptop to work on the road is now an integral part of an office workers' life. However, the growth in use of such devices has also meant that these devices have become a key target for thieves.

Secure your laptopEven if initially after the hardware, if your laptop is stolen, it will also carry personal and corporate information which can be even more costly if it gets into the wrong hands.

Here are our top tips on how you can keep your laptop as secure as possible:

1. Carry Your Laptop (Wherever Possible)

If you're checking in for a flight, then keep your laptop in your hand luggage. If on a bus or train, never put it in luggage storage. When left in your car, keep your laptop out of sight and if parking your car for any length of time, lock it in your boot.

2. Avoid Computer Bags

A computer bag makes it very obvious that you're carrying a laptop. We recommend using more subtle means of storing your hardware, for example a multi-purpose briefcase, or padded rucksack can is far less likely to draw attention to the contents.

3. Always Use Password Protection

Make sure your laptop cannot be easily booted up and accessed if it gets into the wrong hands. Set a password against your user name, and against the administrator login. Even better, set a password on boot by pressing Delete, F1 or F2 as the computer first boots up - which ensures not even Windows can be started without a root password.

4. Encrypt Your Data

All recent versions of Windows have built-in file and folder encryption. This means if someone accesses a file, they can't decrypt it and see your information. Normally this is switched off, so we recommend activating on your laptop - look for 'Bitlocker' on your Windows 7 device and follow the steps.

5. Never Leave Passwords With Your Device

Keeping your password with your laptop is like hiding your car keys in the glovebox. Memorise passwords to ensure that you're not left exposed if the worst should happen. Make it as difficult as possible for a thief to access your sensitive information.

6. Keep Your Laptop in Sight

Whenever you put your laptop down, keep it in sight. If you go into a meeting, particuarly external or public, take it with you. If you're in a restaurant, place it as close to your feet as possible, ideally so you can feel it with the side of your leg or your feet.

7. Invest in Security Devices

There are several products you can use to secure your laptop. Buy a security cable if you leave your laptop on a desk or in an office. Choose a tracking product to help you find the location of your laptop shoud you lose it. Finally, for the strongest security, you can now buy a 'kill switch' which will lock stolen devices remotely.

You can try all these things, and still suffer the loss of a laptop or tablet. If this happens to you, we recommend doing these things:

  • Change your network password to help secure access to corporate servers
  • Report the theft to local authorities (police, etc.)
  • Report the theft to your IT department or IT support business
  • If customer data is on the laptop, contact your administration department so they can take the appropriate action
  • Change passwords as quickly as possible for all business-critical or personal online accounts which store private data, sensitive information and bank details

We hope it never happens, but if it does you'll be very relieved that you took precautions.

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