Laptop Locks and Security Tips

There are several things to keep in mind when deciding on a laptop lock. How often do you travel with your laptop?

If you take it with you everywhere, from home to school to work to the coffee shop then you need something light and portable. No one likes to carry more weight then they have to. So a big clunky lock will always get left behind and never used.

What kind of places do you take your laptop to? If you spend a lot of time in public place, like coffee shops and libraries, then a stronger laptop lock is for you. They are also heavier, but it may be worth while to carry the extra weight.

How important is your laptop to you?

Of course, this is an easy question… However consider this. If you back up your laptop daily and will not miss the information because you can restore it in a few minutes, and you have an older laptop you wouldn’t mind replacing… Then you may consider not even using a lock.

You may say: “I wish someone would steal my laptop, I could use a new one!”

I hear this often. It’s a bad idea.

What if your laptop grows legs and walks away in the middle of working on something important?

Is the value of your old laptop worth claiming on insurance? Your deductible may be too high. And it may cause your insurance rates to increase.

Also, do you want to be “Forced” into an upgrade when you are not ready? If you use Windows XP you be forced to buy something new that comes Windows Vista. Do you have the time to learn a new operating system?

Most important: How much is your information worth?

Do you have client’s personal information on your laptop? If your client’s information falls into the wrong hands the privacy laws hold YOU responsible because YOU did not secure your data on your laptop.

You may say: “My information if safe, I have a password on Windows!”

I’m sorry to break the bad news to you. The Windows password is a tamper proofing level of security at best. It can be bypassed with simple software that can be downloaded for free for anyone who has access to the Internet.
So why even use the windows password?

Like I said, it’s a good tamper proofing feature. The software that allows a thief or hacker to bypass the windows password does not reveal your password. It allows them to set a new password. In other words, you will know that someone has reset your password because your password will no longer work.

Make sure you lock you laptop to the desk with a laptop lock and log out of windows when you leave you laptop at your desk while you take a break. If you are heading out for a longer period of time, take it with you.

The bottom line is that it is your responsibility to protect it.

Ben Kayfetz has been providing laptop locks and other security solutions since 1991.

How to Buy Your Mac Laptop

A Mac laptop is an extremely attractive option for anyone looking for their own way to transport files, music and applications in a stylish design. These laptops from Apple are now even faster than ever, featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors as well as high levels of RAM as standard in all models. However, they can also come with a big price tag that many of us cannot afford. But there is one way around this – buy reconditioned.

A reconditioned, sometimes known as refurbished, laptop means that the computer has been purchased in the past and used by someone else for a maximum of three months (though often less). For some reason the customer has returned the laptop to the store, which leaves the store unable to resell the product as new. Laptop stores will then return the laptop to its manufacturer, in this case Apple, where they will make sure it is in perfect sellable ‘as new’ condition. This is what you are getting when you buy a reconditioned laptop.

Due to the fact that they were used in the past, reconditioned Apple laptops are not sold as new despite the fact that they will work and look just like a brand new system would. They will still have the same great features, fast processing speeds, a good memory as well as the newest upgrades and technology. But without the price tag.

The reason why reconditioned laptops are so much cheaper than new laptops is due to the fact that most people feel for some reason that their laptop should be brand new when bought, and as such it takes a lot more effort for the manufacturer to sell them on. However, for people that realize these laptops are in great shape, reconditioned laptops can provide a real bargain when it comes to getting a new machine.

A reconditioned Mac laptop will always be in great condition, due to the fact that Apple go to great lengths to ensure the quality and technology of their products. Those who refurbish the machine will always make sure it comes with everything you need, and care is always taken to ensure the laptop is completely up to scratch before they even think about putting it out for sale again.

Now that you know the facts behind refurbished Mac laptops you can start to benefit from this by picking up some real bargains. There is no doubt that you will be getting a quality machine that will have had to pas numerous tests before being sold to anyone. Reconditioned laptops are a popular choice for many who want to benefit from huge savings when buying a new laptop. They are the perfect choice for those who want portability in a computer, but don’t want to fork out the money that most brands require. Simply do some research on the brand you want and find out whether your local store, or manufacturer, has any reconditioned Mac laptops on offer!

Copyright (c) 2008 Kentaro Konika

Ways to Prevent Data loss

When your computer becomes the most used piece of equipment you have, you spend countless hours sitting down typing important information down so you don’t lose anything. It may also be the way you earn your living so the last thing you need is some serious time off because your computer has failed.

There are several ways that you can prevent the loss of data and it doesn’t cost a fortune.

The most common way to protect the data in your computer is to use an online data service. This type of service can provide you with data coverage twenty four hours a day seven days a week. You can have your data stored for a certain amount every month to ensure the safety of your data. Losing data will no longer be a problem for you because they can recover any data you lose. These services are available to service desk tops, laptops, iPod’s, digital camera memory, SIM cards, Zune, and other important digital storing data equipment.

In order to get started with these services you can do an online search to determine which company may be the best one for your data. You can also choose to use a data loss program that can help to recover any important data that may be lost or deleted on purpose or accidentally. This type of software can be purchased online or at a computer retail store.

Restoring your data is easier than ever today with new technology. Save your important documents today to avoid any down time in the future.

Apple’s New MacBook

If you’ve paid any attention to Apple in recent years then you’ve undoubtedly heard about their MacBook. The MacBook line of laptop computers was released in 2006 as the replacement to apple’s older PowerBook series of laptops. The MacBook has seen much commercial success much like the rest of Apple’s products. The MacBook has undergone some subtle but necessary changes since 2006. Surprisingly, it seems like the biggest change that these computers have undergone are mostly aesthetic aspects or software as opposed to actual hardware components.

Most of the specs of the 2006 MacBook are somewhat comparable to that of the 2008 MacBook. Other than a slightly beefed up version of the same processor and some more ram, you’re pretty much looking at the same computer internally. Externally however, the story is much different. The new (or at least somewhat new) Mac OSX Leopard really does look stunning visually. If you’re a person who really likes to have all the bells and whistles installed on their computer then Leopard is definitely for you. It really is an improvement on the former Tiger OS. Many even say that Leopard completely blows Microsoft’s Vista OS out of the water, and I have to say that after taking some time to use Leopard I completely agree.

This may seem controversial to some, but the fact is that leopard is by far a much more stable OS. Bugs are much less common if not nonexistent while Vista has only been riddled with problems since day one of its release. Overall, Apple’s new MacBook looks incredibly promising as mostly all of Apple’s products do. The blazing speeds coupled with the cool and elegant design of the OS and computer itself really make for a solid one two punch against any of its competitors. Apple always makes great products and I would recommend this one especially. If you are looking to upgrade that old Mac or just want a vacation from that terrible failure of an OS that Microsoft calls Vista, then I would definitely take a look at Apple’s New MacBook. You won’t be disappointed.