Laptop parts are designed and arranged in very certain ways because laptops are constructed
with portability as the top priority. Such design schematics carry their own pros and cons, of
course; and while most people will point to laptop components upgradeability (or lack thereof)
as a very major con, there is one other that is far more serious: The need for increased security.
Since desktops are generally rooted in just one place, it would require a break-in of some sort
to steal them. Not so for laptops: Users can carry them around wherever they go, increasing the
chances of them being stolen or otherwise hacked.
To prevent this from happening to you, here are seven essential tips for securing your laptop.
1. Be careful about what information you have stored on your laptop.
Many people still feel that just because sensitive information has been stored inside a
computer instead of on a piece of paper, it’s harder to get to. While the veracity of this
claim is debatable, it should still be known that in today’s more digital age, more and
more people are becoming knowledgeable about electronic information hacking.
Because your laptop often finds itself in very public places, once it gets stolen, you can
consider your data as good as disclosed. Therefore, limit the amount of sensitive
information on your computer as much as possible. If you can, do away with it
2. Increase security by making it harder to access files.
If you must save sensitive files electronically, do so on servers rather than locally on
your computer; and access these files using secure methods like VPN (virtual private
If your files have to be saved locally, make use of encryption programs to make doubly
sure that only people with the right access codes can retrieve your files.
3. Make sure to have backups of all your important files.
It doesn’t matter whether they were accessed illegally or whether a laptop part
malfunctioned. Once you lose your files, chances are slim that you’ll be able to get them
back. It is therefore prudent to always have backups of your most important files. Burn
them onto DVDs, save them on external hard drives, or make an exact clone of your
laptop’s hard drive altogether via RAID-0 mirroring technology.
4. Perform regular program security maintenance.
Simply stated, constantly update and apply patches to your computer’s and its
programs’ security settings whenever possible. Pay special attention to your operating
system, browser programs, firewall, and antivirus applications.
5. Strengthen your password security.
When creating a password, make sure that it is strong enough to baffle even the most
ardent hackers. This usually entails mixing up lower-case and upper-case letters, using
numbers, and/or using special characters.
You should also turn off your browser’s password autosaving functions and delete any
saved login shortcuts. It would also help if you do not have your passwords written
down on paper if you can help it.
It would be best if you commit all your passwords to memory. If this proves to be too
daunting, you can instead use password management software which requires you to
memorize only one master password to access your cache of passwords for different
6. Always keep an eye on your stuff.
Of course, the best way to prevent your stuff from being stolen and accessed is to be
very vigilant in the first place.
Be extra careful when taking your laptop outside, especially in very public places like
malls and bus stations. You never know who might be watching, so don’t be too showy
with your (probably expensive) gadgets.
7. Be very proactive about getting back your stolen laptop.
Finally, If your laptop does get stolen, take every measure available to get it back as
soon as possible. If you have availed of services like gadget tracking and remote memory
wiping, activate them immediately. Remember, the longer you delay, the longer the
time frame the thief has of getting what he can.
So there you have it: Seven surefire ways to increase your laptop's security, as well as your
peace of mind.
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parts to augment your backup efforts?