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Protecting your privacy and laptop is important this holiday season

December 1, 2008 by  

Laptops can be easily lost or stolenEvery 53 seconds a laptop is stolen, according to technology research and advisory firm Gartner, while up to 12,000 laptops are lost in U.S. airports each week.

But following these simple tips from Absolute Software can help to keep your computer out of the Grinch’s hands this Christmas traveling season.

Backing up valuable data will minimize the loss if a laptop is stolen, and since the information on the laptop is often more valuable than the machine itself it’s important to treat it with care.

Recovery and data protection software may be able to track down your computer if it is lost or stolen.

When traveling it’s also a good idea to keep your laptop with you at all times rather than checking it – which risks having it broken or stolen while in transit.

It’s a safe bet that your laptop will have to go through the metal detector with a number of others, so labeling it and making sure it stands out will help make sure it doesn’t get lost or mixed up, the software firm advises.

And remember your laptop isn’t just in danger while traveling – it can also be stolen while in a hotel room, so it’s a good idea to place it in the room’s safe if possible.

Remember also that information can be stolen even when you are in possession of your machine. Using an unsecured wireless network is a two way street.

Although you can access the network easily, it might be just as easy for someone to access the information on your computer.
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