Protecting Your Laptop from Fires, Floods, and Drops
19 Mar 07Laptop security — it's not just viruses and worms
Laptops are everywhere in today's mobile society. Although we tend to think of them as just desktop computers that we can carry around wherever we go, their very portability brings additional security concerns that we don't have to worry about with our desktop computers.
Computerworld recently featured an article about a Dell laptop left plugged in and recharging — on a living room couch. The owners went to work and came back to find their family home completely destroyed. Such a fire might seem like an extreme situation or rare occurrence, but it serves as a valuable reminder of a laptop's physical vulnerabilities.
Along with practicing the same security precautions on your laptop as you do on your desktop computer (installing anti-virus/anti-spyware software, operating system updates, and so forth), we all need to practice caution when handling our portable devices:
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