Laptop theft is a common practice. Every day laptops disappear from college libraries, car back seats, coffee shop tables, hotel lobbies and airport waiting areas. In the past, laptops were valuable for their hardware, once stolen they were resold quickly for strictly their monetary value. Today that’s not the case. Your data is the target! There’s probably something on your laptop that you don’t want the whole world to see. It could be proprietary information, documents containing personally identifiable information (birth date, social security number, credit card info) or even someone else’s personal information.
If you travel with your laptop or keep it in a place where others can access it, then you’re vulnerable to theft. A password no longer guarantees denied access to your data. If someone is smart and determined enough they will crack it and have unrestricted access to every piece of data stored on your laptop. So how do you protect it? Encryption. Encryption adds an additional layer of protection. If your password is cracked the data remains encrypted and the information is scrambled so that even advanced security experts can’t read it.
EarthLink provides a Managed Laptop Security solution that encrypts your data and also adds yet another layer of protection with laptop remote wipe capabilities. Should your laptop be lost or stolen, EarthLink’s protection will automatically kick in and wipe (delete) the data by overwriting it until nothing is left.
Passwords simply don’t cut it anymore in today’s technology world. If you laptop is mobile then you must add multiple layers of data protection to minimize the risk of your data getting into the wrong hands. Contact EarthLink Managed Security Services (or download this info sheet) today to learn more!