Burnt Orange Solutions IT Tip: Securing a Lost Laptop
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Securing a Lost Laptop
So you’re in the car on the way home from Starbucks in Saskatoon, basking in the glow of consuming your triple-shot, low-foam, extra-hot pumpkin-spice latte when you suddenly realize your laptop is not next to you. You drive back like the caffeinated lunatic you are, only to discover no one has turned it in.
What do you do?
That depends on what precautions you did (or didn’t!) take with your laptop security.
IF you properly encrypted your data, password-protected the access to your device and shut down and logged off all key applications, you’ve got a bit more time to respond. But the first thing to do if it’s a work computer, whether or not you’ve taken those precautionary measures, is to notify your IT department/company that you’ve lost your device. That will allow them to change passwords and lock access to applications and data a thief may gain access to via your unprotected laptop. IT technician’s can also remotely wipe your device to make sure no one will be able to gain access to the data stored on your computer. (Which is also why it’s CRITICAL to back up your data on a daily basis!)
Next step DATA PROTECTION
Change ALL the passwords to every website you log in to, starting with any sites that contain financial data (your bank account) or company data. If your laptop contained medical records, financial information or other sensitive data (like social security numbers, birthdays, etc.), then you may need to contact a qualified lawyer to understand what you may be required to do by law to notify individuals who may be affected.
Quite simply, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; so make sure you’re engaging Burnt Orange solutions in Saskatoon to encrypt and back up your data, as well as put remote monitoring software on all mobile devices. Put a pin-code lock or password requirement to access a device after 10 minutes of inactivity, and get into the habit of logging out of websites when you’re done using them.
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We hope this article gave you some insight into securing a lost laptop.
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