Use a password Ensure that your Windows account is protected with a password. The laptop should be configured so that the password has to be entered every time you turn the machine on or when it comes out of hibernation, sleep or screensaver mode.
Disable booting from CD or USB • It's easy to change or remove an account password using a free resetting program using Cracking passwords using software's • But running these involves booting the computer from a CD or USB stick, so you can increase security by disabling the ability to boot from one of these devices.
Check for known vulnerabilities When you connect your laptop to the internet when travelling, you may not be protected by any security systems your company uses to filter out malicious emails or to keep you from malicious websites. That can result in hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in the software on your computer to infect it with malware.
Keep your USB sticks secure If you carry a USB memory stick to make backups of your work or store other data, it's important to make sure that it is as secure as the data on your laptop.
Encrypt your hard drive The best way to prevent this is to encrypt your laptop's hard drives. Encrypted drives can only be accessed after the encryption key is supplied - usually in the form of a PIN, a password or by inserting a USB stick containing the key.
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