Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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How To Protect Your Laptop | Laptop - Good Practices

For mobile professionals who find themselves constantly on the move with their notebook, protecting your asset is an invaluable and often overlooked aspect to laptop ownership. Granted laptops, as well as automobiles, are subject to mechanical failures just as much as they're susceptible to scratches, blemishes, spills, gravity, and other unexpected hazards of day to day life but ensuring the safety and security of your machine will help increase its life expectancy as well as maintain its physical condition. Here are our top tips to help you secure the information on your laptop. 

Never Leave Laptop unattended:
As far as possible, never leave laptop unattended. If required to be left in the office, please makes sure that it is locked in a secure area, at the end of the workday.

Backup your data before travel:
Backup your data before you travel, we have learned the hard way that the data on our laptop is more expensive to replace than the hardware. Always backup your laptop before you do any extended traveling that may put your data at risk. Leave the backup at a secure place back in office before you travel. Usually, it does not take more than 10 Minutes for most people to backup their important data like documents. Despite the best of precautions, unforeseeable events may happen which may lead you to lose your data.

Don't connect through dial up, GPRS:
Always connect to the internet through the corporate Network. Please refrain from establishing connections (dial-up, GPRS etc.) through a modem or other electronic devices. if you are using a data card for internet connection, please ensure that you are disconnected from the corporate network.

Install anti-virus on Laptop:
Ensure that the laptops have company-authorized anti-virus software installed. Furthermore, remember to update the anti-virus software regularly so that it can continue to protect your system against new and ever-evolving external threats. This can be dont by connecting to the corporate network or as advised by the IT Dept.

Password Protect Laptop:
Ensure that your laptop requires a password to log on. Please ask the local IT dept to configure a password protected account for you.

Don't share Passwords:
Under no circumstances, should you ever reveal your passwords to anyone. even while receiving technical assistance that you, personally, type out the passwords.

Carry your laptop with you:
Always take your laptop on the plane or train rather than checking it with your luggage. It's easy to lose luggage and it's just as easy to lose your laptop. If you're traveling by car, keep your laptop with in your sight and out of others sight. When required to be left in hotel rooms, always lock your laptops inside your luggage or make sure that it is kept our of sight.

Note Serial number of Laptops:
Note the model as well as the serial number of the laptop, it enable tracking easily in case of theft.

What to do if your laptop is stolen:
In case of an unfortunate incident, such as the loss or theft of your laptops, remember to immediately notify your respective managers and the IT Department within one business day of the incident. Alacrity on your part will ensure that the laptop is recovered or, at least, that the loss is minimized. If your manager advices so, file a police complaint.

Avoid Personal Laptop In Office:
Do not use personal laptops within the organization premises where you work. Doing so may unintentionally expose your organizations network to security threats

Use a privacy filter:
The privacy filter help prevent people from peeking over your shoulder as you work on sensitive information in a public place. This is especially helpful when you're traveling or need to work in a crowded area.

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