How Do You Protect Your Data If A Laptop Is Lost Or Stolen?

It’s the new year, which means a lot of businesses begin to purchase and use new technology such as phones and computers. With this time of year, though, it’s an important period in time to start thinking about protection of these devices and the data that lies within. As a business owner myself, it is evident to us that data is highly confidential- holding important client information, payment terms and various other confidential documents. Here’s an unsettling statistic- according to The State of Data Security and Privacy: 2018 to 2019 by Forrester, only 15% of data breaches can be traced back to a lost or stolen laptop or other type of endpoint.

In this case, we thought it would be relevant to share some valuable information. Below is an outline for all business owners to follow in order to reduce any threat of a data breach:

  • Make sure to take care of your privacy settings immediately upon setup. Know your product, research your product and at all times have control over your product.
  • Disable file sharing. This is just another outlet to disaster- You could unknowingly give others access to your computer while file sharing; private files can potentially be shared, lost, etc.
  • Secure your wireless network at your home or business. Use stronger passwords, provide a separate network for guests and always use a firewall.
  • Implementing Data Protection Services. When you first launch your business or begin purchasing devices, you should also make sure to obtain a strong data service that can hold and back up your files. Implement an image-based backup solution that will ensure, if your server goes down, that it will be back online within minutes- using a standby machine imaged only a few minutes behind the server. We can also provide off-site server solutions which remain consistently backed up and do not require on-site hardware.
  • Clearly understand how your device should behave… By knowing & understanding how a device should behave, also clarifies how it shouldn’t behave.

The next blog will cover how to protect your data on social networking sites! This is a huge question that we get asked quite often, and there are numerous different ways to protect your information, avoid ad targeting and much more…