See below to see how you can protect yourself:
- Always protect your devices with a password. If someone steals your device, they will need to crack the password to access your data and accounts. Sure, it’s not hard to break a password, but adding an extra level of security will save you more time to search and retrieve your stolen device.
- Regularly back up your files. Even if you cannot recover your stolen device, you do not need to lose all your data and programs. Regular backups are the best defense against theft of your files, even when infinite backup options are offered, including the ability to backup online.
- Use some device tracking software. It is not unlikely that you can find your stolen device, especially if it can tell you where it is or even who has it.
- Do not leave your appliances in public view especially in public places. A device exposed to a common goddess, such as a car, an airport or a cafeteria, is the target of theft. A recent survey by ESET in the US showed that one in five stolen devices was stolen by a car, 12% by an airport, train or bus and 11% by a restaurant or cafeteria.
- Encrypt sensitive data. Storing sensitive data in encrypted files prevents them from being compromised in the event of theft. It’s worth noting that file encryption is freely available in the latest version of Windows and Mac OS X.