Sunday, August 13, 2006

How to bring Laptops to United Kingdom

Wanna bring your laptop over to United Kingdom but worry the security concern over it? Don't know what to do with your laptop? Here's an excerpt from an article where it shares few great tips on how to secure and bring your laptop over to UK..

Whether the ban is temporary in the immediate aftermath of the arrest of more than 20 people allegedly planning to use electronics to detonate bombs in mid-flight, or whether it becomes permanent, Absolute Software suggests the following precautions:

1. Use luggage locks approved by the Transportation Security Administration to deter theft.

2. Pack laptops with soft foam or bubble wrap and place laptop bags inside other luggage to protect them from rough handling and to keep them inconspicuous.

3. Use passwords with a combination of numbers and letters, as well as encryption, solutions to prevent unauthorized access to laptops and sensitive data.

4. Back-up valuable data before travel to minimize the risk of data loss or lost productivity in case of theft. Since the information is often more valuable than the computer itself, it is important to protect the data as much as possible.

5. Invest in asset tracking and recovery software. Absolute Software recommends tools like its CompuTrace, which is embedded in the BIOS of computers.

6. Use remote data protection, so sensitive information can be wiped remotely if the laptop is lost or stolen.

7. Carry portable storage devices, like external thumb drives, for easy access to data in case luggage is delayed or lost.

8. Keep accurate records, including receipts and the computer's make, model, and serial number in a safe place for filing claims.

9. Be sure to shut down the laptop, not leave it in standby or hibernate mode, before packing in luggage.

Computer Security Products also offers warning stickers, tattoos and other products to deter theft. Secure IT also offers a variety of products like locks, keys and cables.

Other steps to take: use a secure operating system; make sure the user name is not stored in the login box; register laptops with manufacturers; and remove and store PCMCIA cards in a separate, secure place.

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