If a laptop is stolen or lost, and the data is not backed up, you just lost it all. Worst of all, even if you had it locked with a strong password, it’s very likely to get cracked. Once the thief succeeds, any private data that is unencrypted is free for the taking.

One solution: keep sensitive and important data, files, pictures, contracts, etc., on a secure private cloud service, so it’s never on your employer’s hard drive in the first place. By storing this information in the cloud, you can immediately revoke access when a device goes missing.

Side Tip: If you have important family photos, store it in Shutterfly or some other photo-storing cloud application so those are backed up as well.


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