Tighter Airport Security Measures Create a Need For Diligent Data Protection
Thanks to the recent terrorist events, travelers are now experiencing significant airport security restrictions. A recent news program showed a garbage can filled with hairspray and deodorant containers that travelers had thrown away at the airport when they found out they couldn’t take the items with them. While that’s an inconvenience, it’s nothing compared to the laptop computer issue.
What’s Going On With Laptops?
Due to increased security measures, airlines are currently not allowing travelers on flights originating from the U.K. or travelers on flights connecting in the U.K. to carry their laptops onto the plain with them. Now the same policy is being discussed for flights originating from and connecting in the United States.
At first, not being able to carry your laptop with you may seem like nothing more than an aggravating inconvenience, but when you start to think about it, the issue of computer security starts to sink in.
What’s On Your Laptop?
What information does your laptop contain? Personal records? Confidential files? Is there any guarantee someone’s not going to steal your laptop as it makes its way around the luggage pickup area? If someone does steal your laptop, they’ll get full access to all of the information on your system – unless you have it encrypted.
Protecting Your Data
If you’re going to travel (and even if you’re not going to travel) you should really protect the information on your laptop with a good encryption program. It’s the only way to ensure your information won’t end up in the wrong hands. By effectively encrypting your files, you’ll make them useless should your laptop end up in the hands of someone who shouldn’t have it.