Keeping information safe and sound typically takes a backseat for most people, until it’s too late, either from actual theft or lost laptops/usb drives. I always encourage the people I know in implementing some system of data encryption. With the growing trend of people owning more laptops, it is definitely easier to lose it or get it stolen, along with most of your sensitive and sometimes embarassing data you won’t want someone else gaining access to.
At the very least, I highly suggest this to my friends and family to install TrueCrypt, a free and robust open source program. I personally have this program installed in all computers and laptops that I and my family own. Once installed, you only need to enter your password (making sure it’s a complicated one) once at bootup. I’m confident that if ever one of my laptops ever get stolen, all the the information stored in it will be safe. It is definitely one less stress factor that is welcomed after realizing you’ve either lost or have had your laptop/computer stolen. This allows you to focus your energies on data recovery and rebuilding from the lost data. Hopefully, you’ve also established an automated backup system.
Below is an article geared more towards protecting your privacy while traveling, but still relevant for those who have yet to establish some sort of encryption system. Do you think it’s worthwhile in securing your internet privacy? Share your opinion in the comments below.