News of hacking, hackers, security breaches, and what have you has been going around for quite some time now. For sure, many an average person has had a concern or two about just how safe they are. All this hullaballoo reminds me of something I have heard from someone – “everything can be hacked, all you can do is to make it a little harder for the hackers”. Or something like that.
Of course, there is also the possibility of having your laptop stolen. Not really hacking, but still a security breach for sure. More than a security breach – think about all the data that you have in there! Unless you are meticulous about backing up your data to an external hard drive (or some other form of storage), then you just might be in danger of losing lots.
If you want to take some positive action towards ensuring that you’ve got your back covered, so to speak, then you might want to take a look at the SAFElinkTM Anti-Theft Service ((Product Page)), which has just been launched by PlumChoice ((Web site)). This company is a provider of remote technical services and aims to help users ensure that their data is protected in case their laptop gets lost or stolen.
How does it work?
The user’s laptop has to have the software, which then communicates with the SAFElinkTM servers. In case of theft or loss, the laptop is basically locked down. This prevents unauthorized access to the data contained in the hard drive. There is a way to undo the lock down, but if there is no authentication done after a certain period of time, the machine’s drive will wiped clean by the system. Obviously, this is to make sure that the data will not be accessed by unauthorized persons.
What’s great – and rather important – is that the system is highly configurable. That is, users can configure things such as files/folders which can be protected by SAFElinkTM; the period of time wherein a locked down laptop can be unlocked/authenticated; and so on.
The service also comes with a cloud-based back up system, which takes care of having a duplicate of the data and gives users the freedom to wipe the drive clean if it is ever stolen. Now we just need to trust in the security of their cloud-based back up system.