5 Ways To Keep Your Laptop Safe

5 Ways To Keep Your Laptop Safe
Aug 21 2020 3 min read

Whether a student is back in the classroom or continuing e-learning from home, it’s never been more important to ensure the safety of the device they rely on the most.

Risk loves chaos. While we are understandably focused on new threats, old threats can use our distraction as a Trojan horse to burn us down.

Here are 5 things to remember about keeping a laptop safe and secure:

  1. UP TO DATE VIRUS PROTECTIONNo, not that virus, we’re talking about one of the OG virus threats students are often most concerned about, a computer virus. Quality antivirus is critical to protect your files, personal information and even your bank account.PC Magazine top virus protection software for 2020
  2. DATA BACKUPSWhat if the virus protection fails or what if the laptop is lost, stolen or damaged?Even if you have world-class virus protection installed there are still ways you could lose all of your data. If you are looking for peace of mind that your important files are safe no matter what, consider signing up for an offsite data backup plan.

    How to choose offsite data backup

  3. PHYSICAL STORAGESpeaking of loss or damage, that can and should be prevented as well. A laptop should be carried in a quality bag with protective padding, a strong shoulder strap and even a physical lock. When not needed, it should be stored somewhere safe and out of sight to prevent theft.
  4. PASSWORD STRENGTHWe’ve heard it many times before, “don’t use the same password for everything”, but do we listen? Not usually. Instead of beating that same drum, we wanted to provide some specific tips to help you avoid this common bad habit.It’s not always easy to come up with so many different passwords that match all the criteria (i.e. length, numbers and capital letter requirements etc.,) so it may be smart to cheat with a secure password generator.

    Now, where should we store all these passwords? Don’t store all passwords together in a “passwords” or “logins” file/folder on your computer. If you’re hacked this is the first thing they look for and once it’s found they have access to everything you do or have online. Everything.

    Instead, consider utilizing a service such as LastPass which allows you to store all your passwords in a more secure place and you’ll only have one password to remember to access them all.

    Want the absolute best security from hackers? Pen and paper.

  5. WEBCAM SECURITYDo you know how a little black dress is super versatile? Well, the same can be said for a little black tape. It can cover a hole, secure a tool, hang a poster or for our purposes here, cover up a webcam recordingWhile the paranoia of how people are spying on us through our webcams might be a tad overblown, it does happen and it’s certainly possible for people to remotely access our webcams and for us to be watched without our knowledge.

    A little black tape is your best security. It’s the same measure trusted by the head of the FBI and the CEO of the world’s largest social media network.

Your laptop is often a digital mirror or yourself, carrying your memories (videos and photos), finances (online banking access) and your chances of graduating with honours (essays, spreadsheets etc.,). Its safety deserves our attention and we hope these tips help!

Erie Mutual Insurance proudly serves the commercial insurance, farm insurance, home insurance and auto insurance needs of members throughout Southern Ontario including Haldimand, Niagara and Hamilton.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about this or any other topic related to your insurance.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about this or any other topic related to your insurance.

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