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LAPTOP SAFETY PROTECT YOUR
 

Summary: LAPTOP SAFETY
TIPS
AND
AVAILABLE
RESOURCES
TO
PROTECT YOUR
COMPUTER
Choose a secure operating system and lock it down
If you care about your data, pick an operating system that is secure. Windows 2000 Professional
and Windows XP Professional both offer secure logon, file level security, and the ability to encrypt
data. If you are running Windows 95/98/Me, anyone who picks up your laptop can access your
data.
Enable a strong BIOS password
Foil would be data thieves right from the start by password protecting the BIOS. Some laptop
manufacturers have stronger BIOS protection schemes than others, so do some homework before
relying on this alone. Find out from your laptop manufacturer what the procedure is for resetting the
BIOS password. If they absolutely demand that you send it back into the factory and don't give you
a "workaround", you'll have a better chance of recovering the machine and maybe even catching
the thief. (Both IBM and Dell scored well in our field tests) Also find out if the BIOS password locks

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences