Securing Your Data
You can choose from a selection of methods to secure your data. Each has its advantages and disadvantages:
Physically securing your PC – attaching your PC to a desk and locking the case with a cable and padlock is a useful way to prevent theft. While it will not prevent a determined thief, it should slow them down and put off an opportunist.
Removing data – when you are not using the PC or laptop, you should perhaps consider removing your vital data. This can be done by means of a removable drive or disk media. By saving all data to this resource and removing it after use, you can be sure at all times where the data is – in your pocket!
Secure encryption – by applying a password to your sensitive data, you can protect it from prying eyes. TrueCrypt (www.truecrypt.org) is a free, open source and cross-platform solution, which allows passphrase encryption of either a whole drive or a “container" (an encrypted virtual drive). The encrypted data can be read on a PC, Mac or Linux PC – as long as you have the passphrase to unlock the data! As free file encryption software, TrueCrypt could prove to be priceless!
The cloud - If you’re not too concerned about data sensitivity but aware that losing data would mean losing a lot of work, as well as taking regular backups, you could consider using an online storage facility. Microsoft offers the SkyDrive to Windows Live users, allowing 25 GB of storage. This solution might be best used in conjunction with secure encryption.
These are all great ways to protect your data from theft – for the best results combine one of more of the above.