Laptop Security

Laptop Security

Your business may value laptop computers because of their small size and portable nature. Those happen to be the same reasons why laptops are increasingly the target of theft. A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, and this crime is becoming even more frequent according to some statistics. Although these vulnerabilities exist, there are steps your company can take to mitigate asset loss.

Primarily, keep your sensitive data off of laptops. Understandably, users may need to access this data via a laptop computer, but avoid holding large stashes of sensitive data on a laptop’s hard drive. When this becomes unavoidable, make sure to password protect individual documents. Yes, it may seem like a burden when you need to spend an extra five seconds typing in a password to get to your business’ finances, but that extra five seconds may prevent an unauthorized user from viewing that material and causing damages to the bottom line and reputation of the business you have worked hard to create. Another way to think about security is to leverage an end-point security model. This approach to security identifies each device, or end point, as being required for its own security. This is done effectively by properly training your users on the use of encryption and tracking software, as well as understanding the benefit of strict individual computer settings.

For a fee, you can buy a service known as Lojack – whereby your laptop is “trackable” should it be lost or stolen – which is the same principle as lojacking your car. Cars are replaceable. Laptop hardware is replaceable. What is on your laptop may not be.