A Backup Plan for a Stolen Laptop

With college students preparing to head off to college again for another year, its important to be prepared if somehow they have their laptop stolen. College students take their laptops from classroom to dorm room, to the library and even the park. The availability of free WiFi on campuses makes studying almost anywhere possible.

Taking your laptop with them everywhere gives it a lot of exposure to falling out of a bag, forgetting it on a table, or even being stolen in the blink of an eye from another student. We all hope that they never lose their laptop, but its much more common than many think on campus. The best plan is to be prepared!

1. Backup, Backup, Backup!

Every student today needs to be constantly backing up their documents, pictures, videos, music and more. Online companies are everywhere that offer for a small yearly or monthly free online storage. Companies such as Carbonite Online Backup, Mozy, Crashplan. There are also completely free solutions out there such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com to name a few that offer as much as 5GB of free storage. All of these solutions offer a way to backup selected folders automatically so you never need to worry about losing your homework.

2. Install Tracking Software

If the unfortunate thing happens and your laptop has gone missing, wouldn’t it be nice if you could go online and track where it is? Guess What? You Can! Well you can if you plan ahead and install a program called Prey Project on it. The Prey Project, open source FREE software, that allows you to track your laptop (Windows, Mac, Linux) online using Google maps as soon as it is brought online again. The software can even take a picture of who stole it using the laptops installed webcam! The software also grabs screenshots of what they are doing on the laptop. The list of additional features is amazing. With this installed you can call campus police and have them get the stolen property back, just in time to write that term paper. The Prey software can be downloaded directly from http://preyproject.com/.

With these two simple tips you can rest assured the data on the laptop and the laptop itself have a good chance of getting back home.


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