Step Nine: Secure Server
Step 10: Data CareLosing your laptop can really put you in hot water. Almost every day the news is full of data losses leading to identity theft, mostly due to the sloppy handling of a laptop. Your company could lose a lot of market value, and you could be in big trouble. So this tip is really in two parts:
- Don't put more data than you need on your machine for the job you're going to do. Some minor hardware losses have grown into big data disasters due to the loss of a laptop containing all the company's records and client data. You probably don't need to carry around all your company's data when you travel.
- Encrypt your data, so if your laptop is lost, hackers can't use it and you're just out the cost of the hardware. Otherwise, anyone who steals and uses your laptop can read everything on it, because it just takes a few minutes to crack your login and password. The Feds are now requiring that all mobile devices employ encryption, and Visa and MasterCard, through their PCI initiative, are insisting on data encryption too. There are several companies that sell mobile device encryption software; one good one is