When you have a laptop computer, To Protect Data and privacy is extremely important. Because of its portability, a laptop is easily stolen. If stolen or lost, all your personal information may get into the wrong hands. This can quickly result in identity theft.
My recommendation for all laptop owners is to use privacy protection software, as well as password management software or hardware. Here’s why…
Whether you use a laptop computer or a PC, your internet browser and operating system hold a record of everything you’ve done on the machine. This information is easily accessible to any snoop who knows a little about computers.
Your notebook computer holds so much personal and private information that a criminal or curious individual can tell what documents you have created, which applications you have used, which websites you have visited, and which photos or audio files you have accessed online. Other personal items that are easily accessible are chatroom logs, instant message records, passwords and user id’s and deleted files.
This can present a serious problem for any computer owner, but it is especially serious for laptop users because laptops are more apt to lose and theft than PC’s.
How to Protect Your Privacy?
So, what should you do to better protect your data and privacy? As advised by LaptopJudge, you can manually delete browser records of websites you’ve visited, as well as cookies, saved passwords, cached sessions and the like. This is fairly easy to do, but you’ll need to do it regularly as you never know when theft or loss will occur.
Then there’s the problem of personal and confidential information stored within your operating system, not to mention in files on your laptop. Windows stores all kinds of information about where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and what you’ve accessed online in many different types of system files, as well as the registry. It would be very difficult (and time-consuming) to manually find and delete these files every day, and chances are you won’t find all of them. Any snoop with a bit of knowledge and some freely available software can extract this personal data though, leaving you totally vulnerable if your laptop gets into the wrong hands.
How to Protect Your Laptop Data?
Did you know that when you delete a file from the recycle bin it is not really gone? Windows simply marks this file as “inactive” which removes it from view by the file system. Eventually deleted files may be written over, but even then they can easily be recovered by using widely available recovery software.
Even reformatting your hard drive does not make your files irrecoverable. Cheap recovery software can easily find these files and put them back together. This is a frightening thought, especially when you sell or give away an old laptop.
The only way to totally erase files is to use special “file eraser” software which writes over the area hundreds of times using random patterns of 1’s and 0’s. We can use This type of software to erase an entire hard drive or one file at a time. File eraser software comes with personal privacy software and is highly recommended for laptop computer users.
I highly recommend CyberScrub Privacy Protection for every laptop owner. This easy to use software erases files beyond recovery. Automatically “cleans” personal information off your hard drive. And includes a personal data “safe” where you can store sensitive files under high encryption.
Password Security and Password Protection
As for password protection, my recommendation is to use Roboform. If you want an inexpensive (you can even get a free version) software solution.
If you are really serious about password protection and use more than one laptop or computer. You should consider a biometric fingerprint reader like this one by Microsoft or this one by APC. If you like this article, Take a look at my another article – benefits of DJ laptop stand for DJ.
How do you protect your data? Let me know through comments.