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A Look at Computer Security Systems

Aug 23, 2007
The need for computer security systems is becoming ever greater in the modern world. As a society, we are more mobile than ever. Increasing globalization means that no matter where we are in the world, we will have the need to contact others in different corners of the globe. Consequently, more of us than ever are traveling with laptop computers. Even for those who are generally tied to an office, the computer has become almost an extension of the self. Theft of an office computer would be at best an inconvenience and at worst deadly to the company. Computer security systems are essential for many reasons.

Laptop computers are by their very nature prone to theft. The same portability that allows us to take them around the world also makes laptops easy to steal. While it is ultimately up to your vigilance to protect your laptop during transit, once you reach your destination you will appreciate the convenience and safety of computer security hardware.

The most common PC security systems for laptops involve one or more heavy duty chains or cables. The cable is designed to be snaked around or through a table leg or any other fixed object and padlocked. The other choice is a lockdown system similar to those that are sold for desktop computers. The lockdown system is the most secure but is not especially portable. However, a lockdown system is an excellent choice for students in college dorms or others who keep their laptops primarily in one location.

The theft of information over the internet is probably the best known and most feared type of information piracy. Another problem however, does exist. The theft of the actual computer hardware that houses your information is just as prevalent and dangerous to your company. Whether the thieves are stealing your computer for the resale value of the hardware itself, or are trying to get a hold of valuable personal information, a new realm of computer security systems has come to exist because of this threat. Recent developments in lock down systems that prevent central processors from being lifted off a desk are one such innovation. Others are more technical, such as finger print activated switches for laptops.

Computer security systems are not just limited to hardware options. In addition to protecting the hardware, it is important that you protect your data as well. Data computer security is important as well. Standard programs such as antivirus software are essential, but may not be enough. Depending on the sensitivity of data contained on your system and your reliance on the internet, you may need to consider a more complete network security system. More advanced data computer security solutions are available and may be appropriate, particularly if you manage a large network.

Make sure that you are following basic behavioral solutions to the problem of data theft. Assign separate profiles to everyone who uses your computer and give administrator privileges only to those who require them. Make a habit of logging off whenever you leave your computer and encourage others to do so as well. Do not leave password hints lying around near the computer. Use encryption settings and passwords on wireless networks as well. Simply changing a few basic behaviors can dramatically lower your risk of identity or data theft.

Your decision to invest in computer security systems and computer security hardware is like buying an insurance policies. You always hope that you never need them, but you wouldn't think of going without. The risk is just too high. Don't get caught wishing you were insured. Take care of your business and the information that makes it run. In the long run it is one less thing that you'll have to worry about.
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Denise Nuttall owns the "Home Business Resource Directory" where you can find everything you'll ever need to start, run and grow a home business at: Online Turnkey Business Opportunities and Ideas
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