On the face of it, it may seem as though the need to protect your investment in professional laptops and desktops is less pressing in 2016 than it was previously. After all, market leading brands like Dell and Samsung sell powerful and high-performance laptops priced between $200 and $600, while the rise of business outsourcing has also made proprietary hardware less of a concern for entrepreneurs.
Despite this, every business investment is important given the unpredictable economic climate, so it is imperative that you take steps to protect all laptops and desktops in the event of theft, damage or downtime. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing money and potentially compromising your customer’s personal data.
3 ways in which you can protect your Business Laptops and PC’s
With this in mind, what key steps can you take to protect your laptops and personal computers in the modern age? Here are three ideas:
Install Tracking software on your device
While it is a given that business-owners should invest in insurance for proprietary hardware like laptops, this does little to help them recover stolen goods. They can achieve this goal by installing tracking software on the device (or numerous devices), however, which can be activated remotely once the laptop has been stolen. Utilising elements including IP address locations and Wi-Fi positioning, this software offers an effective tracking service and can help the police to identify the thieves. Some packages even allow users to turn on their laptop’s webcam remotely, which can catch the thieves in action.
Back up your Data remotely
As if losing hardware is not enough, imagine if your laptop has huge swathes of sensitive financial or customer data stores on its hard-drive. In this instance, the cost of loss or damage can be even higher, while it may also be possible to invest in the restoration of your brand’s reputation and relationships with customers.
In terms of protecting your data, there are several steps that you should follow. The first is to invest in an external hard-drive, which can store up to 1TB of data that is kept separate to your laptop. So long as this is stored securely, this will enable you to keep huge swathes of your most sensitive data safe. You may also want to open a Dropbox account, as this type of Cloud-based service offers approximately 2GB of free storage space for basic company files. You can invest in more storage too, so keep this in mind as you continue to back-up your files.
Empower your employees’ to take care of their hardware
When you own and operate a number of devices company-wide, one of the biggest issues that you have revolves around empowering others to be responsible for branded hardware. Tis can be achieved in part through a culture of learning, but it is far easier said than done especially when employees have the autonomy to take their laptops home with them.
A combination of teaching and practical steps is therefore crucial, as you encourage and educate your employees on best practices regarding cleaning, use and maintenance. Then you can invest in physical locks for your employees to secure their laptops while on the move, with most devices including a small lock slot that works with basic products. These work like bike locks, and provide a secure barrier to theft and loss.