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How to Lock Down Your Laptop While on the Road?

01 Dec Posted by in Daily | 14 comments
How to Lock Down Your Laptop While on the Road?
 

A laptop is a must-have companion for many travelers. Unfortunately, the complications of a long journey can bring about lots of opportunities for thieves to snatch your machine. Here are some ways to make your computer less of a target, as well as some strategies to mitigate the loss if your laptop does end up in the hands of crooks.

Losing a laptop may be less painful now than it used to be because the cost of replacing the physical device has trickled downward recently. You can now pick up a decent workhorse for three or four hundred dollars at a big-box retailer. Big deal if you lose it.

What hasn’t become less valuable, though, is the data held within. In fact, the data has become more valuable with the prevalence of identity theft and our copious use of the machines to store every aspect of our multimedia-driven and socially networked lives.

However, the gut-wrenching realization that your laptop has possibly been converted into a methamphetamine-induced haze for a local derelict, and is now winging its way to some unknown destination on the wrong side of town, can be alleviated with some simple precautions.

Deterrent Measures

Stow the laptop on the road by placing it in an in-room safe. The safes are usually large enough, although they don’t look it from the outside.

If there isn’t a safe in your room, place the laptop in your luggage, which should be fitted with a simple lock. You can pick the locks up at airport boutiques. Unlock the luggage and remove the laptop when checking out.

Universal Security Slot

Identify whether your laptop features a Universal Security Slot. This is a thin keyhole-like slit in the computer that can be used to accept a laptop-specific security cable. The slot is sometimes not labeled. If you have the slot, purchase a security cable that you can use to attach the laptop to a fixed object, like a railing or pipe. You can get them at office products stores. This is a good deterrent to use in a public place.

It’s just a deterrent, though, and it won’t thwart bolt cutters. Motion-sensing alarms that use the slot are also available from other vendors.

Rendering & Security code Unusable

Password-protect the computer’s operating system. In Windows XP, choose the Control Panel and select “User Accounts.” Then “Edit.” The next time you log on you will be prompted for the password.

This method of rendering the computer unusable is not iron-clad, but it may spoil your average small-time crook, or a drug addict’s enjoyment of your machine.

Software Solutions

Look for encryption software that will encrypt an entire file system, or just encrypt sensitive files. Symantec (SYMC) makes products that can perform either task.

The disadvantage to encrypting the whole system is that read and write file operations will be slower than on a non-encrypted system.

Hardware Solutions

Install biometrics add-ons. Various shopping websites sell USB finger-print readers for under $50.

However, locking up a laptop with biometric security is probably easiest when the hardware is built into the laptop, rather than added via USB.

Tracking Solutions

Install tracking software.

GadgetTrak makes solutions that use the laptop’s WiFi location positioning and take advantage of the laptop’s webcam by capturing images of the perpetrator — useful in court.

The Cloud

Leave the laptop on overnight and back up your files to the cloud whenever you can. If you have Internet connectivity on your laptop while traveling, install backup software that will sync your laptop with the cloud and other machines that you have at other locations.

Mozy, Carbonite and SugarSync have products worth taking a look at. Allow the backup to take place during supposedly quiet hours overnight, and you won’t notice lag.

Expensive Way For MacBooks

If you enjoyed about getting a solution for protect macbooks this is expensive for you with expire in period of time :O

you can read this article and see price list

And a few tips:

  • AppleCare can be purchased any time within the first year of ownership.
  • Apple peripherals such as the Time Capsule or Airport Express are also covered if purchased within two years of the Mac.
  • AppleCare ranges in price from $39 for the iPod Shuffle, to $349 for the MacBook Pro.
  • You can purchase your AppleCare from any retailer – Amazon’s prices are usually $5 less with no shipping or taxes.
  • AppleCare doesn’t cover physical damage due to accidents or carelessness.
  • If your iPod or iPhone battery drops below 50% capacity, the battery will be replaced. But…
  • Notebook batteries are not covered unless the failure is due to a manufacturer’s defect.

 

that’s it.

 

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    • Jermajesty12-06-11

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      • admin12-06-11

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      • Mahsa12-08-11

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        • admin12-08-11

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    • admin12-09-11

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    • admin12-10-11

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