There are lots of Security measures to secure your computer, Firewall, Antivirus, Passwords, encryptions. Will this all work if your Device is not secure physically? What would happen if its stolen or in hands of someone else? This post is answer of all those measures.

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The Scenario

Suppose you have Portable devices or even workstation, and you know someone else is have physical access of it, you are not around, how can you be sure to be secure about your device. The best practice is to have locked your Operating system. But this will not protect your device from Live DVDs and USBs. Even one can insert the physical keylogger in the machine.

We have to and have to care for its physical security as well. I have compiled all of the best methods and going to explain to you.

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1. Change to be made in BIOS setting

It’s almost the first step when your computer boots up and it can have very critical setting for your computers security. You need to make few changes in BIOS setting so that your device will be secure physically.

            a. Make Hard disk as your First Bootable device. This will protect your system from Live CDs DVDs.

            b. Disable Network Book, this will also add lots of security to your Device.

2. Protect your BIOS

All the settings of security can be set or reset from BIOS, so protecting BIOS is even more important.

Open BIOS, navigate to Security section and enable the Administrator password and startup password. This will prevent people to access your BIOS to change PCs setting from unauthorized changes.

3. Enable automatic locking when ideal

Yes, this is another must to do thing for your PC/devices. When left for long time, configure your device to lock or get in power saving mode. This will save battery as well as lock your workstation automatically.

Closing lid and your device gets in sleep mode, or get lock, or shutdown. This is amazing feature you can choose for your device. This will make it even more secure. People when open it, they’ll be prompted for password.

4. Encrypt your hard drive

Lean how to secureyour PC by applying password to it. (Click to open in new window)
Yes, even if someone damages your PC, nothing is valuable than data. Your entire data house is hard drive, if it’s being protected by encryption, your data is safe. Don’t forget to read this post and make your hard drive secure.
In case you’re device got stolen, you can even wipe of data remotely by following few steps.

5. Install Two OS or Create Two User

If you’re PC is accessible by other people and friends etc. its better to install two operating system, one for your own use and one for their use. Protect all your data in your OS by applying passwords. If you don’t want to install two OS, have one account like guest with minimum permission for other user in same OS.

Set the computer usage time, enable parental control, allow block program etc.

Things you should avoid

            1. Leaving important data inside PC and not caring about backups to another location. You can even use Dropbox, Google drive like application, together both can provide up to 20GB of backup.
            2. Don’t avoiding checking the users who logged to your PC. See how to see who logged in to your PC and when.
            3. Keep your Device in unsafe and open place with open the. If you can, lock the cover or bag if possible. You can do lock your device in car, table, or desk whatever near.

Bottom Line

Software security, data security is only important if your physical device is working great and is safe. Rest all can be managed. Using these simple but intelligent tips, you can protect your device up to certain level. One have to make the really hard damage to get into your device else you are secure.
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