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How can I protect the sensitive information that resides on my laptop?

I have a lot of sensitive and confidential company information on my laptop. Is it possible for someone on the Internet or my LAN to break into my machine and copy files? How do I ensure that no one (including the sys admin) can get onto my laptop? And, if anyone does attempt to, can I find out who is trying to break into my machine?

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You should be concerned about individuals accessing files on your system via the Internet or your LAN. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce this threat to a manageable level. The following are some suggestions ordered according to their relative benefit:

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  • Learn how laptop encryption can keep your data safe even if your laptop is lost or stolen.
  • This was first published in August 2006

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