I’m sure you have heard a lot of incidences about your PC / laptop getting stolen when disaster happens. In times of these emergency situations, it takes long to get back your normal life, sans the important data stored in your PC. It happens, we read about it, but we seldom take action. This is your checklist to get prepared for when disaster strikes. However, you can bail yourself out of this situation if ever faced.
The easiest & safest bet to store your data with the help of online archives, is at Dropbox and similar cloud based storage services. Register yourself soon, if you haven’t. This one could act as your base in the probable ‘emergency’ situation. Plus it makes sharing and access of data easy from anywhere in the world.
Also a good tip is to create the ‘Emergency’ folder containing encrypted digital versions of your important documents, list of accounts and passwords and scanned copies of most important hard copy documents like certificates, agreements etc.
It is further advisable to maintain on paper, the serial numbers, important passwords, contact details, numbers & emails, etc. Always maintain separate copies of this paper & confide with one copy to your family member or friend.
These are security services which are a must to be installed on your PC. After installing Prey, you can enable the webcam & thus know who used your PC in your absence (see webcam for security surveillance). Check out, Undercover works with the local police, as soon as your report your PC or laptop as stolen.
It is also a must to have very secure & safe passwords for your PC. You can also enable password protection, whilst unlocking your PC. If you’re looking at an easy solution to remember all different passwords, 1Password will make things quite convenient for you.
Storage of your documents in the cloud, is one way to address this. But, it is even more useful to have a real local back-up. A plethora of back-up tools in form of external hard drives exist, and it’s intelligent to reply on ones which are integrated and most non-intrusive.
Also take a System Report, for a windows user, the Control Panel will have the Performance Information and Tools of your PC. Click on the left link titled ‘Advanced Tools’, scroll below to ‘Generate a system health report.’ Click it. Once this report is generated, take a screenshot or print the content, which will have all details about your PC.