June 7, 2013 No Comments-
At first the sentence “How to protect your stolen laptop from thieves” doesn’t make sense. After all, if it’s already stolen, how can you protect it? The answer is that by encrypting your computer now, you can keep it safe in the future.
If you’ve encrypted your hard drive – or at least put a password lock on your computer – you can prevent thieves from accessing your private data and potentially using it to steal your money or commit identity fraud.
If you think your never going to fall victim to computer theft, look at the following video to see just how easy it is to have your computer stolen:
If the computer stolen in the video didn’t have a password, the thieves would not just have gained a valuable computer, but also access to the victim’s personal data, including pictures, documents and online accounts.
Protecting your PC
There are different levels of protection for computers, but this week we’ll cover a simple one: how to password-protect your system. The following methods take under five minutes and could save you a lot of trouble in the future:
How to add a password to Windows 8
How to add a password to Windows 7/Vista
How to add a password to Mac OSX
That’s it – it really is that simple. Come back in a few weeks when we’ll go into more detail about other types of encryption, which can make your computer even more theft-proof.
Related article: some advice on choosing a password Why you shouldn’t use the same password
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