To reduce the chance of your laptop being stolen
- always use your laptop security cable
- Lock the doors and windows in a room when the room is unoccupied
- Use as much care safeguarding your laptop as you do for your wallet or purse
You can lose valuable files on your laptop through a malicious virus, a hardware failure, or an error on your part.
- Anti-virus software: First, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the anti-virus software license that we have with Microsoft. Updates can be done over the Internet. Keep your virus definition files up to date and enable real time protection.
For others, Microsoft offers Windows Defenter anti-virus software at no cost through a free download off the Microsoft website.
- File backups: The second thing we recommend for data security is to run regular file backups using an external hard drive. USB flash drives also work well for backups, but they are small and can be easy to lose.
Cloud storage: In many cases, storing your documents in the cloud is a great way to go. It allows you to access them using a variety of devices and share or colloborate more easily with others. Two services currently available to Rensselaer students are Box and OneDrive.
File Sharing Security
Access to the information on your laptop is another type of security; you certainly do not want to permit everyone on the network to write to your hard disk.
Windows computers allow for the easy sharing of data, and this can be a great feature provided you know which files you are sharing and the access rights others have to those shared files. By default, Windows has some shared folders, and data and files that you put into those folders are shared with people who are in the same workgroup. (However, please note that file sharing on all Mobile Computing laptops and laptop images has been turned off by default.)
Note that even if you disable file sharing on your laptop, you can still access files others make available on the network such as \\arc\software, public printers, and files that others are sharing with you. Please refer to the Windows instructions for more information on how to share files with someone.