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How do I secure my laptop?

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

23 May 2014

Many of us live off our laptops these days. Whether we work from them, travel with them or simply use them for our social browsing, we have dozens of accounts logged into them at any one time, not to mention financial information and personal documentation. For many people, nothing would be more devastating than to lose their laptop or have someone else use it.

However, many of us don’t take some basic steps to secure our most sensitive (and often most expensive) piece of technology. Here are a few easy ways to make your laptop much more safe and secure.

Password-protect your laptop

It’s a small thing, but putting a password on your laptop is one of the best ways to protect yourself. We often leave email accounts and even online banking accounts logged on, and though we know that this is a terrible idea, we still do it. Without password protection, a laptop thief could easily log onto these accounts and start stealing your information – and, worse, spending your money. It takes a few seconds to set up a password, but it makes a huge difference.

Password-protect sensitive documents or financial information

Did you know that you can password-protect most documents, and even folders, on your laptop? If you save financial documents, travel etickets and documents detailing your passwords and sensitive information, set a password so that in the event that your laptop is hacked or stolen, you will have peace of mind regarding the most important documents on your device. In Microsoft Word, select “Prepare” and “Encrypt”, then set the password. It’s as easy as that.

Use a VPN

The SurfEasy VPN service allows you to browse in total anonymity, and uses bank-grade encryption to hide you when you’re online. This protects your personal information as well as your location, and is one of the easiest ways to ensure that whenever you are connected to the internet, your laptop is protected from online surveillance and malware.

To get started with the SurfEasy VPN, simply go to today. You can get started for free on 500mb, or you can get total unlimited protection for just $4.99 per month. Secure your online presence and download now!

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