Protecting Your Laptop

The basic security of Windows is the same for notebooks and desktops. Make sure to install updates for the system and programs in good time. Under Windows, we always recommend a virus scanner to you, our list of best offers an overview of the best protection packages. You should also use a password manager, KeePass convinces with the right functions and a local security concept. Add a backup tool like Backupper and the arbor is ready. But notebooks are mobile and if you use them on the go, you need a few extra tools for protection.

Laptop security
Laptop security

Encryption

You don’t necessarily have to encrypt the hard drive or SSD of a desktop PC; it looks a little different with a notebook. If it is stolen, the thief can remove the data carrier without encryption and view all files. Alternatively, he uses an emergency tool to put your Windows password on the fur.

So if you are often on the go with a notebook, full encryption is recommended, only for the absolute worst-case scenario that your device is stolen. If you use Windows 10 Pro, you can activate Bitlocker, all other users use VeraCrypt. If desired, this tool also creates encrypted containers for user data, but also encrypts the entire hard disk or SSD in the notebook.

More firewalls with Glasswire

The Windows firewall is sufficient for many purposes. In unsafe networks, however, you can think about the free GlassWire tool as an add-on. It is based on the Windows firewall and offers visually cool information and setting options. Central to GlassWire is a live view of the data traffic. Here you can see which programs are online and which services have web access. Glasswire informs immediately when a new program wants to access the Internet for the first time. There are also alerts for changes to the HOSTS file, for ARP spoofing attempts or changes to the proxy settings.

Finding a lost laptop

Users can customize the alarms in security settings. A small pop-up can be seen in the lower right corner of the desktop in the event of an alarm. If you use a Microsoft account to log on to Windows, you can use it to locate your notebook. Alternatively, use a service like Prey, which is available for up to three devices free of charge. You install the client, create a user account and, if the worst comes to the worst, you can track down a lost notebook. You can see the last known location on a map, trigger an alarm on the notebook or block access to the device.