They Took More Than The Laptop…Posted: May 11, 2012
“Sir, we don’t want you to worry. Can you come home soon – your house has been broken into.”
And with those words my working day ended and a stressful night began. When I got home there was mud on the floor, an open window and 2 policemen insisting I put bags over my feet. At first it didn’t look like anything had gone, certainly nothing important: savings jar still present, large monitor and old pc still sitting there, and then I realised that my laptop was missing.
I work in IT and I learned a valuable lesson that night. I would be sacked, potentially prosecuted if I had not found a way to reliably back up the information we store locally and yet I didn’t apply this to my home life. So what did I lose? About a year’s worth of writing projects. I can attempt to recreate some of them from memory but they won’t be those pieces, all that time and investment has gone.
So think of this a public reminder. If you store anything important on your PC/Laptop/Phone then find a way to store it somewhere securely. You can store backups with a friend or in the bank, use an online storage provider (Skydrive or Dropbox for example) whatever it takes. Oh and if you want to get proper security encrypt your computer – at least that would force most low level criminals to just wipe it before they gain the benefits.
So I’ve been quiet while I work through the ramifications of that little event.
I’m still waiting on a new machine to arrive but that’s a different story.