7 Hardware Accessories to Protect Your Precious Computer

Nowadays, almost every aspect of our lives involves the use of computer; from heading to the subway station and riding the train, ordering food in the restaurant, researching, doing home works, applying for a job, shopping, etc. Indeed, our daily lives have become more convenient and easy through computers and all the innovations that come with it. However, it is no secret that technology has its dark side, and many times, it can be quite ugly. Dual Monitors Guide lists the 7 most important computer security accessories you can definitely use for your safety and security.

From material theft of personal computers and laptops, to virtual theft of hacking, stealing personal information and identity theft, dependency on computers will always expose us to various risks.

Luckily for us, there are tons of ways and things we can get to better protect our personal property and identity from opportunistic and evil-minded individuals. Christina Hansen, Product Specialist from CableOrganizer.com, said "In addition to digital safeguards like firewalls, filters, and antivirus software, there are many other security devices that physically prevent theft and block unauthorized access to your computer drives, personal records, and online accounts." Dual Monitors Guide will list the hardware accessories to protect your precious computer.

 1.Alarmed Computers Lock

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If you love to lounge around coffee shops with your laptop, but can’t have the peace of mind about your computer when you go to the restroom, then a computer lock/alarm is the best hardware for you. Computer lock/alarm is a small and portable device that is easy to carry around and use anytime, anywhere. MicroSaver® alarm computer lock by Kensington for example, can give you the peace of mind as you leave your laptop computer from the table, as it can be locked with the furniture.  Anyone who tries to pull it off from the table, cut the wires or remove your computer from its security slot will be surprised when the loud alarm system goes off, which can be heard clearly up to 50 feet away.

 2. USB Port Block

If you keep important files and personal information on your computer, it’s crucial that you protect your computer not just from malwares and viruses, but more importantly from unauthorized access. A USB port block is one of the simplest, yet most effective security accessories you can have for your computer. It’s as simple as a tiny plate that covers your USB port to prevent unauthorized USB flash drives from being inserted to your USB port. Simply fasten the USB port block to your computer, when the lock is slipped through your USB port’s hole in a port block, and snapped into the USB port, the port blocker will automatically covers the one of the adjacent USB ports.

 3. Laptop Privacy Filter

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If you often use your computer in public places, such as hotel lobby, airport lounges, coffee shops, restaurants, etc., you will always risk things displayed on your screen from other people’s prying eyes, unless if you have a laptop privacy filter installed. A laptop privacy filter is a very helpful and convenient accessory , especially for people who open sensitive files in their laptops in public areas, such as credit card information, banking transaction, social security numbers, etc. One of the best laptop screen filters you can find in the market today is 3M's notebook privacy filter. It’s a clear overlay filter that easily slides over the laptop screen, allowing you to see things perfectly while sitting directly straight from the screen. Anybody who looks from a different angle will see a dark screen.

 4. USB Fingerprint Reader

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Biometrics is not entirely new system for PC security. It has been around for years, and a common solution for offices. One of the best tested-and-proven security solutions in the history of PC security is the fingerprint reader,  because as we all know, the only password that can’t be stolen are the ones in our fingerprints. Though USB fingerprint reader can’t really prevent people from physically stealing your computer, it will certainly keep others from accessing your computer, as they will need your fingerprint to login. Silex USB fingerprint is a good example of simple but very efficient security hardware.

 5. Laptop Lockbox

Dorm rooms aren’t the safest place to keep your important belongings, especially if you and your roommates often bring people in. Laptop theft is a common problem among students, as they are easy to grab and steal. What’s the solution? Well, you can mount and lock your laptop under your desk. Black Box laptop lock box makes a good solution for this. When you’re done using your laptop, slide it into the box, and lock it up before leaving the room.

 6. CPU Security Cabinet

As with the laptop lockbox, the idea of a CPU security cabinet is lock your desktop computer to your desk, perfect solutions for desktop computers in high-traffic areas, or home computer with important documents and files you want to secure. CPU Security Cabinet is the most straight-forward approach to protect your CPU – locks your CPU in place. Black Box’s CPU Security Cabinet fits nicely to almost any type of desk where you sit your computer tower. This security cabinet works by completely encasing your CPU in a locking enclosure, keeping it secured from any unauthorized access through disk drives and CD drive. For authorized access on the other hand, there’s a slide-out tray that lets you pull your CPU for easy access and maintenance.

7. Anti-Theft PC Security Stand

If you use a desktop computer in a place that may be subject to theft, or you want to secure your home computer from burglars, a PC security stand will be a perfect solution for you. Kendall Howard’s Davko Anti-Theft PC security stand is a good example of this product, as it locks both your CPU and flat screen to your desk, all with space-saving configuration.

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These are simple improvements and inexpensive investments that can make a huge difference in your computer’s safety. Of course, it goes without saying that you take care of your personal belongings, be mindful of your surroundings, especially when in public places and high traffic areas. It is your full responsibility to keep your computer and all the important files and information safe. As the old saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

For more computer setup tips, computer accessories and hardware solutions, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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