A colleague had the misfortune of a home break-in. The thieves made off with three of his prized possessions: a new, old, and somebody else’s laptop. That hurt.
I take extra precautions to protect my laptop because I run my entire business on it. I take care in backing up all my important data online, it’s never out of my sight when I travel, it’s password-protected, and I recently bought a subscription to Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops by Absolute® Software.
This software “tracks, locates, and recovers stolen computers while providing you with the ability to protect your personal information from identify theft,” as stated on their Website. If my laptop is ever stolen, I’ll let them know, and the software goes to work tracking its location.
To password-protect a PC or laptop, click Start, Control Panel, double-click User Accounts. You should see where to create a password (make it memorable but hard to guess…no children’s names, the word “password,” etc.).
I hope I never need this protection, but I sleep better at night knowing it’s in place.