Feb 7, 12:52 PM

Laptops continue to populate our IT-landscape in growing numbers. The convenience that laptops afford us, the choice of applications available, and declining price are compelling reasons individuals and organizations are embracing laptops rather than their more sedimentary PC cousins. And, we cannot dismiss the growing trend of the work force whose ranks are moving to the more affordable suburbs thus demanding more time is spent commuting to the office.

A laptop for many is a productivity catalyst if you’re a business professional on the 7 o’clock morning train or a student who takes public transit to school. The availability of WiFi networks enables many of us to connect to virtual private networks and corporate resources remotely. However, if you are not careful with your laptop, the resources available on your laptop—your files—could become inaccessible and you may find yourself data disabled!

While the evolution of laptops provides users greater flexibility and freedom, users cannot be complacent with their handling, operation and care of their laptops. While the whole is often regarded as greater than the sum of its parts, in the case of a laptop, however, the sum of the parts is greater, and in particular the data which resides on the hard drive’s fragile platter is valued the greatest.

Whilst hard drives are relatively inexpensive today, the data that you entrust to your laptop’s hard drive is priceless. Therefore, it is critical that extreme care be taken when your laptop is on. The delicate read/write heads of your laptop could come in contact with the platter thereby physically damaging its surface as well as crippling you and your data.

Follow these practical tips to prevent or reduce the odds of data loss:

  1. If your laptop emits strange noises, turn it off.
  2. Do not pickup, move or agitate a laptop that is operational. Mobile doesn’t mean you should move it with it running.
  3. Keep your computer in a dry, controlled environment free from dust and smoke.
  4. Avoid placing beverages near your laptop. Beverages spilt on a laptop’s keyboard can create accessibility problems, not just sticky keys.
  5. Use anti-virus software and update it frequently to scan and screen all incoming data.
  6. Invest in a sturdy laptop bag that provides support and protection, not just for your laptop, but for your mission critical data.
  7. Regularly backup your laptop to an external device and test and verify your backups that you should store in a separate location.

Lastly, but certainly not least, contact your CBL Data Recovery Advantage Partner or CBL Data Recovery, when you cannot access the data on your laptop. Together, we’ll get your data back so you can compute while you commute.

Category: data loss prevention, helpful hints

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Comments

  1. kiran joshi
    Feb 13, 02:44 AM

    Hi Thanks for very informative newsletter. I would like to know more about technical aspects of the laboratory. How you process a Data recovery work for physical / Logical recoveries.Thank you & Wishing CBL all the Best

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