Having a personal computer is no longer a luxury for college students—it's become a necessity. Most students choose laptops, so they can take notes in class or study outside under the trees. And most of those laptops aren't protected nearly as well as they should be.
In addition, the student life poses some unique challenges. I feel fairly sure no stranger is going to wander into my home office, but a student is immediately saddled with one or more wildcards in the form of roommates. Those roommates, their friends, and just about anybody else, may wander in and out of your dorm room; it's far from ideal for security.
If your school PC is lost or stolen, you won't just lose your lecture notes from Parapsychology 101. You've almost certainly stored personal information as well, data that a thief could use against you. Here are a dozen tips to help you stay secure at school.
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Anything you can think of to add? One of the big ones — and convenience killers — is passwords. Do you password protect your computer?