Msg#: 4290589 posted 8:11 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
I work from the office but carry my laptop with me all the time. I sometimes work from cafes as well. I basically have my laptop with me ALL the time and all of my work is on it including financials, passwords etc.
I have to admit I'm quite bad at backing stuff up (I do have an external drive at home but I always forget to back up) and my security settings are limited to password protecting my Win 7 laptop and having a unique, strong password for my passwords file (word doc).
I've often wondered what would happen if my laptop got lost/stolen. The cost of a new machine is not the issue, but recreating the layout and setup I'm using (I currently know where EVERYTHING is and where to find it) would be a nightmare.
I was considering a dedicated USB stick large enough to back everything up every day but what if I lose THAT? Don't suppose you can password protect that, can you?
I'm interested in hearing what other security and backup measures people have in place which work?
First, you should password protect EVERYTHING that is sensitive. If you are using your laptop as your primary work machine, you MUST backup everything regularly- whether it's setting up an automatic backup every day or signing up for a remote backup service (I use Carbonite at work). If you're working form public areas, make sure you have a solid firewall and that your security settings are locked down.
I'm using Freecom tough drives and WD My Passports, both are powerless, usb, encrypted. I also use office sync & cyberduck for google apps so that calendars, folders, documents, spreadsheets, contacts are stored locally and centrally.