Protecting Your Tech on the Go

first_img Think sophisticated hackers and fast-moving worms are the only threats to your laptop? Safeware Insurance reports that thieves walked off with more than 600,000 laptops in 2004. And while the loss of expensive hardware stings, the loss of business data hurts like a habanero. Burglars, cyber-criminals, viruses, unsecured wireless connections, buggy software–it’s a jungle out there. And threats to PDAs and smart-phones are gathering in the bushes. But your data-packed laptop is still where you’re most vulnerable. Vulnerable, but not defenseless. Protecting yourself can mean equipping your laptop with Absolute Software’s Computrace LoJack for Laptops, which will attempt to locate your laptop using its IP address. If stolen, Absolute works with the police to recover your computer. Steganos Security Suite 2006 and CyberAngel are tracking alternatives, and they encrypt your data so it can’t be accessed if lost. Do-it-yourself encryption is also available. Windows XP includes encryption capabilities, or you can purchase a third-party application like PGP Desktop Professional 9.0. Another approach to security–one that will save you time synchronizing files with your desktop–is to carry both your files and programs on a high-capacity USB drive that uses the U3 environment. U3 smart drives let you carry your entire computing work space on a flash drive. Plug one into any PC with an open USB port, and compute away. When you unplug it, there will be no trace you’ve ever been there. Of course, your laptop doesn’t have to fall into unauthorized hands for your data to be compromised, so invest in a good, all-around security combination like ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.0. You need to regularly download its virus updates and Windows patches, since an unpatched, unsecured laptop is one of the easiest ways to compromise an otherwise secure business network. If you’re connecting to the company network remotely, it’s best to secure that connection through a VPN. However, this isn’t necessary in every situation. For a simpler solution, check out GoToMyPC . It uses an intermediary to let you connect securely to your work PC from any internet-connected computer. It is extra work and expense to keep your mobile PC secure. But remember, with all these products costing in the $100 range, a few hundred dollars can protect your pricey equipment–and the priceless data it contains. Liane Cassavoy freelances from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Register Now » March 17, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readlast_img read more

Life Without Smartphones Is Hard to Imagine According to Nearly Half of

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read The devices have only been around for a decade, but already they have so fundamentally infiltrated our day-to-day that for many of us, life can be broken down into two distinct eras: before and after the advent of the smartphone.That’s a reasonable takeaway from a recent Gallup poll of nearly 16,000 U.S. smartphone users which found that nearly half of respondents (46 percent) agreed with the statement, “I can’t imagine my life without a smartphone.”On its surface, that’s a dramatic (and vague) statement, but answers to some of Gallup’s following questions paint a good picture of the sneaky, vital and constant ways smartphones have come to shape the way we live.Related: 3 Amazing Technologies That Could Be Part of Your New SmartphoneSmartphone users tend to keep our phones nearby at all times; in a previous Gallup poll, 81 percent of smartphone users keep their phones nearby for the entire day, and 72 percent report checking the device hourly. Which honestly, seems like monumental restraint (writing this, I checked my phone for a text alert, to use the calculator, and just….because).   Our smartphone attachment doesn’t end when the day does, either: Sixty-three percent of smartphone owners also bring their devices to bed with them.Despite this dependence, the vast majority of respondents (70 percent) report that smartphones have improved their lives.Taken together, that nearly half of respondents can’t envision a life without their smartphones isn’t too surprising. The devices have become our constant companions; we rely on them to wake us up in the morning, get us where we need to go, answer email and a thousand other things.”The smartphone is transformative for those who use it, not only by making their lives better, but by becoming something of a fifth limb,” Gallup writes.Related: Amazon Invents an Ear-Scanning Smartphone Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 13, 2015last_img read more