A fellow business owner had the misfortune of a home break-in. The thieves made off with three of his laptops. Like so many others, he’s taking extra precautions after the fact.
I, on the other hand, am proactive.
I take special care with my laptop because I run my entire business on it. I’m fanatical about backing up all my important data online, my laptop is never out of my sight when I travel, it’s password-protected, and I have 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 Absolute know, and the software goes to work tracking its location. I will also be able to remotely delete all of my personal and sensitive files from the hard drive.
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 for others to guess).
I hope I never need this protection, but I sleep better at night knowing it’s in place.