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IT Security Tip #10: Should my computer be encrypted?

IT Security Tip #10: Should my computer be encrypted?

It’s another Tuesday in the airport, you just cleared the TSA line and went to the pretzel shop for a quick bite before you catch your plane. You put your laptop down to get a straw, and the next second…your laptop is gone. It’s not in sight, nor is the thief who stole it.

If you have a password on your laptop, that will likely prevent the thief from immediately having access to your private documents. What it doesn’t stop is someone removing the hard drive from your laptop and connecting it to another computer – suddenly your hard drive is sitting there, ready to browse – just like any other folder or drive letter.

What do you do to prevent this from happening to you?
Encrypt it! A good first step toward protecting the hard drive of your laptop and other mobile devices is to encrypt it. With the drive encrypted, a thief can’t just pull it out, hook it up and suddenly have access to all your files.
If nothing else, you’ve at least made it pretty hard for them to get to your data.

If you’re not sure how to proceed from here call Meeting Tree Computer at 845-237-2117. We do this for our clients all the time.
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