Do you remember when netbooks were the next big thing? Just a year ago, many analysts were predicting netbooks would continue to grow exponentially for years.
A recent article from “Nanotech: the circuits blog,” referenced various data including info from IDC, which indicates the netbook phenomena has peaked. While netbooks usage may not be growing at high, double digit rates, many organizations are buying them as low cost alternatives to desktop or laptop computers.
Replacement costs may not be as painful as replacing a standard laptop, but the loss of data stored on the netbook or accessible through the netbook is every bit as painful.
Here are 5 ways to prevent data loss:
1. Use a laptop lock, such as Kensington’s MicroSaver®.
2. Utilize and keep all virus protection software up to date.
3. Make sure sensitive data stored on the netbook is encrypted.
4. If the netbook can access corporate networks while in remote locations, be sure to utilize VPN software to prevent eavesdropping.
5. Treat a netbook like you would a standard laptop – do not compromise your security policies just because the device costs less.