The computer world has taught us many lessons in the aspect of security. First and foremost is the protection of our data and information from those who would try to gain access to them and use them to their advantage but would result to our personal or business harm. The primary defense anyone could provide themselves with is the proper security of the equipment they are using as well as the information found in them. Physical security would of course consist of providing the right place for one’s equipment. Whether in the workplace or at home, the best place would be that which is the least subject to exposure to unauthorized traffic. This would mean people that have no direct connection with one’s business, visitors and the like. This is especially necessary for equipments such as laptops, PDAs and the smart phones since they are obviously very easy to steal as compared to the bulkier desktop computers. It is wise to keep records as to the make, model and serial number of equipments and to place contact information on them to facilitate return when lost.
Securing what’s inside necessitates other forms of protection such as providing back-ups, encryption, use of difficult passwords, and the installation of a remote tracking device. The loss presents a risk that can be hard to quantify. Sometimes we have to lose something before we realize the importance of securing them.