praised LAlarm as a must have laptop security software, the publisher of Best Magazine, article says LAlarm is one of the 7 must-have security software for road warrior laptops. LAlarm was listed as a must-have laptop security software among encryption (TrueCrypt), firewall, antivirus (AVG), backup (Cobian), tracking software (Prey project), and file shredder (Eraser).

7 Must-Have Free Software To Protect Your Home Office, Road Warrior Laptop

Traditional computer security measures often are not enough to protect your laptop and netbook.

Laptop security risks include insecure public wireless networks, laptop theft, laptop search, about which you don't worry with your desktop computer. Whether your laptop is stolen, your privacy can still be at risk by simply traveling with your laptop.

However, good laptop security does not have to cost money. The following are seven easy-to-use, useful and free applications that can help protect your laptop, your sensitive data and your privacy.

Encryption. TrueCrypt ( program can protect your data against unauthorized access.

Backup. Cobian Backup ( is a reliable backup software that can protect your data against loss. An alternative is Mozy ( free edition — an online backup software with 2 gigs of space.

Antivirus. AVG free edition provides protection against viruses, spyware and other malware. (

Firewall. The built-in Windows firewall protects your laptop against hackers while you're online. (but make sure you configured it properly)

Alarm. LAlarm helps prevent your laptop from theft and is like a car alarm for your laptop. Also it can recover and destroy data in case of laptop theft and more. (

Tracking. Prey laptop tracking software ( can locate laptops if stolen.

File shredder. Eraser permanently deletes sensitive data such as passwords, Internet browse history, personal information from your laptop. (

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