The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) knows a couple of things about PC security. It’s their job. So when they talk about what people should be doing about security, whether in Europe or here in America, we should listen.
The agency recently gave several pointers to show what can be done to secure a computer from the moment it’s purchased all the way through to the moment it is no longer useful and is being replaced.
The first step is in making sure your new hardware has all of the physical protection it can handle, this is especially true of portables. If your computer is physically stolen, chances are it will be compromised at some point. So use common sense in keeping your computer safe, don’t leave it unattended, don’t carry it in a way that it can be snatched, and do not hand it to someone you are not familiar with.