August 18, 2007
Laptop Lockup: FTC Offers Tips for Laptop Security
"Consumers can take many measures to make their laptop secure from hackers, viruses, and other potential threats, such as installing firewalls, updating antivirus software, and using strong passwords. Now, the Federal Trade Commission is offering tips for protecting laptops from theft.
OnGuardOnline.gov and Alertaenlinea.gov offer sections devoted to laptop security, including tips for computer users and a game, “Mission: Laptop Security,” that quizzes computer users on safe practices. For example, is your laptop safer in the trunk of the car, under the driver’s seat, or should you take it inside the restaurant with you? (Answer: take the laptop inside.) Should you place your laptop in the hotel room safe, or locked with a security cable to a heavy piece of furniture? (Answer: Either one, as long as you secure your laptop and don’t just leave it in the hotel room.)
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