- Physical Security.
- Security Software.
- Security Consciousness.
Physical security involves physical barriers put in place to inhibit
access to where your laptop is kept.
Such barriers, hinder the following circumstances;
- Theft of your laptop.
- Damage to your laptop.
- Theft of information on your laptop.
- Using your laptop to commit fraudulent activities.
The physical barriers should have the following features;
- The ability to properly lock the entrance to where your laptop is
- An alarm system should be in place to notify you in case of a break
- An inbuilt security camera (cctv) should be placed where your
laptop is kept. This is to monitor your laptop.
- All windows or doors must be screened to prevent prying eyes from
seeing expensive information assets such as your laptop.
- The ability to fasten the laptop to a non-moveable object. This is
stopping a thief from carrying the laptop away.
- The ability to trigger snap shots in case of a break in. These snap
shots are directly targeted at the laptop.
Access to your laptop can also be prevented using security software.
This security software prevents access to your desktop. It ensures
that only the owner of the laptop has access to using the applications
on the laptop.
Features of a Security Software
- It must prompt the user, to enter a user name and a password.
- The ability to generate audit report such as successful logins,
failed logins should be an essential feature.
- The user should be able to lock the screen when not in use.
- Optional but also essential, the software should have the ability
to beep when the screen is tampered with.
After all said and done, without security consciousness on the part
of the user or laptop owner, every control put in place to deter access
to the laptop would be futile.
Security Consciousness Tips
- Always lock the door to your office.
- Always carry your laptop with you.
- If not in use put it in a safe and lock it.
- Make sure when nature calls you activate the screen lock and all
access doors to your office are locked.
- Always keep your laptop locked in a box and in the boot of your car
- Do not use your laptop in overcrowded places.
- All the necessary details about your laptop must be written and
stored in a safe place i.e. serial number, brand name, model e.t.c.
- Insure your laptop against loss, such as damage, fire e.t.c.
Laptop security is an ongoing process. The need for regular
information on laptop security is vital. The more informed you are on
laptop security, the less vulnerable is your laptop to theft or damage.