Here’re ten quick and easy setups that you can take to increase the security of your laptop and to make sure things easy; I have summarized these steps in an infographic.
I also broke this guide down into the three following sections, so you can focus on what matters to you most.
This section groups together the four steps and everyone should perform to ensure that their laptop is keeping their data safe or secure.
Protect your privacy:
This section lists the step that you can take to enhance laptop privacy protection.
Increase your laptop security:
Three additional steps to further protect your laptop from theft or unauthorized sources and other physical events as well.
The following are four steps that everyone should perform to ensure their laptop can keep their data safe or secure.
Require a password when logging in:
The most important or essential step to secure your laptop from theft and unauthorized sources and preventing other people from accessing your files without permission is to require a log-in password must.
Moreover, make sure to create a password that is difficult or tricky to guess, so do not use your birthday and your cat’s name or the name of a loved one.
Here’s low to automatically disable the login on the start on the Mac OS operating system.
Use a password-protected screen-saver:
To ensure that the people can not swoop in and snoop if you have left your laptop unattended for a few minutes. So, make sure that the screen-saver starts automatically and may require a password to exit it. Here’s how to do this on a Mac OS operating system and a Windows PC or computer.
Encrypt your hard drive:
Protecting your laptop with a password isn’t enough to prevent an attacker from accessing your files and documents. If your laptop is stolen and the attacker has plenty of time, he can remove the hard drive and read the files directly.
To prevent this and to protect your data from physical attacks, then encrypt your laptop’s hard drive, respectively. Here’s how to do this on a Mac OS operating system and a Windows PC or computer.
In addition, if you want to go even further, then consider adding a second factor to disk encryption. It is not something I personally do, but some friends have had success with it on Linux.
Backup or restore your data:
From ransomware attacks to stolen laptops, then backing up your data is very important and essential to ensuring you will not lose what you hold dear. You can also go with either a local backup and a cloud backup as well.
Furthermore, on the Mac OS, Apple offers time machine features that can be used for local backups. On the other hand, on Windows, you can use the backup utility Microsoft which provides or more user-friendly applications such as EaseUS Todo Backup.
Moreover, for remote backup, every major cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, and Backblaze provides its own tool. If you want a backup software that encrypts the backup before sending it to your favorite cloud service so that it can not read it, then I recommend the one I use, Arq.
Keep your system and software update:
The best or the right way to keep your laptop Malware free is to not download random things and to keep your software up to date. A modern browser like Google Chrome and Firefox has auto-update enabled by default, but you still need to restart from time to time and make sure to turn on the auto-update for your OS operating system and the applications benefit from the latest security patches as well.
Protect your privacy:
Here’re three additional steps you can take to increase your system privacy.
Add privacy screen:
Shoulder surfing attacks are common, that you’d think so. Humans are very curious by nature and will naturally glance at your system screen, whatever you are in a coffee shop, the library, and on a plane. Also, to prevent shoulder surfing attacks and increase your privacy, then add a privacy screen that limits the viewing angles.
Moreover, over the years, I’ve tested quite a few models, and overall I think the 3M Gold Privacy Filter is the one that‘s the best at restricting viewing angle while retaining the luminosity needed for looking at the screen.
Add an HD Webcam cover:
There’s probably nothing worse for privacy as compared to a RAT like the infamous Dark Comet, which turns on your camera to spy on you.
While the theory LED next to your camera should always be, when the camera is on and in place, the hackers have found a way to disable it on both a Windows and Mac OS operating system.
In addition, the only bulletproof option to keeping voyeurs at bay is to add a physical cover on the top of the camera that you can easily remove necessarily. Although I have tested a lot of covers for many years and the one that I like the best, due to its high quality and compactness, is the Spyslide one that was funded on Indiegogo.
Also, it fits perfectly on my Mac OS operating system, and I am considering putting one on my iPad and phone as well.
Use a Virtual Private Network:
To protect your system privacy while using a public WIFI and prevent your Internet providing from tracking your browser history, then you can use a VPN service. The VPN encrypts the traffic between you and the VPN service, which makes it impossible for people on the same or similar network to track what you’re doing.
Further increase security:
Here’re three additional steps that can help further protect your laptop against theft or unauthorized sources and other physical events as well.
Fasten or quicker your laptop a Kensington cable:
if you share an office and leave your laptop unattended in public places, then you can greatly reduce the chance of your laptop being stolen by trying it to the table by using a Kensington cable.
In addition, if you use your laptop only in a trusted place and never let it out of your sight, then these cables are not necessary.
Setup location finding:
Enabling a location finding service that can be a great help if you ever lose your laptop because you’re distracted and it is stolen.
Remotely finding your laptop poses slightly risky privacy as these services can track you. Therefore, it’s a personal decision that is a trade-off between how much you value yourself and how comfortable you’re sharing your location. I personally do not use it , but quite a few people have had success with this kind or type of software.
Prevent damage by adding a cover:
Last but not least, you can add a cover to reduce the risk of your laptop being damaged or destroyed, if it falls or if it is bumped. I personally use a Decal Girl cover which is shown in the photo above, to prevent scratches and to customize the look of the laptop. After testing it, I find that this brand is better than the GelaSkins, the only one that I use.
Note that I do not use a hard case as I always carry my laptop in a backpack that has a built-in pouch. If this’s not your situation, then a hard case might be more suited for you.
As we saw, taking a few important steps that can go a long way toward protecting your privacy and making your laptop more safe or secure. To make things even easier, I have created infographics that summarize them.
If you find this advice useful, do not forget to share this guide or the infographic on your favorite social networks, so your friends and colleagues can also better protect their laptops.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs:
Is Windows security enough for the laptop?
Windows defenders offer a few decent cybersecurity protection, but it is nowhere as good as most premium antivirus. If you are just looking for basics Cybersecurity protection, then I recommend the Microsoft Windows Defenders.
Can we use the laptop while charging?
My answer is yes. It is OK to use a laptop while it is charging. If you mostly use your laptop while charging, then you’re better off removing the battery altogether when it is at 50 percent charge and storing it in a cool place.
Where’d you put your laptop when using it?
If you can not afford a cooling mat, then always prefer something hard under the laptop rather than something soft.
For example, you can use a plastic casing, lap desk, and even a wooden cutting board to provide a solid or flat surface to allow proper airflow.
Does hackers prefer Mac or a PC or computer?
When we compare PCs or computers and Macs, then the majority of the user perceive the Macs as safer or secure and found PCs more vulnerable to hacking. But the Macs users are the victim of Cybercrime as frequently as PC or computer users are. Still, Mac is much more feasible for its users as compared to PCs or computers.