I was remembering an article I read a month ago about a Fidelity Laptop that was stolen with the personal records of 196,000 HP employees. I have always secured my traveling laptop with a full backup and file encryption before I embark on any trip. But my own home machines have not, until now, received a similar treatment.
With Mac minis and Mac laptops in use at home, the possibility of one of these machines walking away is much greater than with my previous desktop systems.
All of my digital data is divided into libraries - personal, financial, photos, music, temp, homework, etc. Not all computers have all of the libraries available locally, but even so, they each have personal data that I would rather keep personal.
Tax forms, social security numbers, bank account and investment information, contact information, and various other personal and confidential data items can be found scattered on my various machines. If any of my computers were stolen, I would have to go to great lengths to protect my assets and identity.
By taking simple security measures I can safeguard my digital data without compromising my computer experience. It is time to tighten the security for my home systems.