Computers are now accessible via a variety of means. A person can even download data from the Internet to a cell phone. While convenient and fun to use, some good practices will help protect your information.

Laptops, PDAs and Cell Phones are more easily stolen or misplaced because of their size. Remember, if your laptop is gone, your data is too. Small computer devices carry information that must be protected.

If you use a laptop, remember the following:

  1. Secure it with a cable lock or store it in a locked area or locked drawer.
  2. Backup your data.
  3. Encrypt confidential information stored on it.
  4. Keep it with you during air and vehicle travel until it can be locked up safely. Do not forget to retrieve it after passing through airport security.
  5. Treat all your portable devices in the same careful manner you use with your laptop and keep an eye on them.