You've paid a lot of money for your computer system and the majority of your business documents and information is kept on your computer. Wouldn't it be wise to take physical security measures to protect your system and the data that is on it?
If you are a SOHO business owner that has a system in the home with critical information on it, care should be taken to make sure that the system is password protected. If the computer is used for other than business, then you may want to consider getting a separate system so that you'll have a system for business and a system for the family so data won't be destroyed.
However, if you cannot afford a new system at this time then make sure that files are password protected for certain documents so that information cannot be changed or compromised. It's good to constantly back up your system weekly based on the volume of business that you conduct.
Laptops have become the rage of all computer users. They are small, portable and convenient to use. You can take laptops anywhere (coffee shop, library, and restaurant) and do business while accessing the local Wi-Fi spot to get on the Internet.
Extra care should be taken when you are carrying your laptop. Before you leave home, put your laptop in the trunk, away from the trunk latch so that it isn't visible. That way, if you have your window down, no one can reach in and steal it when you make a stop.
When you are in a public place, you should always be in close proximity of your laptop. Not unless you really know people in the place that you are in, take your laptop to the restroom with you. It's better to be safe than sorry and have all of your hard work and information disappear!
If you make a stop to the grocery store, DON'T leave your laptop on the front seat! People have been known to smash windows and steal laptops. Put your laptop in the trunk! Most cars come with alarm systems so if someone tries to break in, the alarm will alert the owner.
Use common sense in physically protecting your computer systems.