If your notebook computer is stolen – will you panic, knowing that all your employee data is on the hard disk, just waiting for the thief to use it for identity theft. Will you freak out, knowing that your client’s confidential data is there. What do you do?
Encrypt your data so that if the data is stolen thieves can’t access it.
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Brigadoon Software, makers of the popular PC & Mac PhoneHome software says you do not have to be a victim to data loss if you are prepared.
Kim Komando offers up several services whose tools you can use to a) destroy your data once you issue the command or b) encrypt your data.
These tools need to be issued a command and will only work if the theif connects your computer to the Internet. Once that happens a command is received by the hidden program to destroy or lock your data.
Kim writes That’s why encrypting data is important. Microsoft’s Windows XP Professional and Apple’s Mac OS X have built-in utilities that do this. It’s easy.
In Windows XP Professional, right-click on a file or folder and select Properties. On the General tab, click Advanced. Select “Encrypt contents to secure data” and click OK. Click Apply and select your options. Click OK.
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