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There are a number of ways you can protect your laptop and, perhaps more importantly, your digital life.
A cable lock prevents your laptop from being stolen. Flash drives and external hard drives make transferring files and backing up your data easy. So do various cloud solutions.
Anti-virus software can protect your system from virus and other malware. Full disk encryption helps prevent unauthorized access to your data stored on flash drives or external hard drives.
When accessing UBC systems using free WiFi hot spots at coffee shops and the like, virtual private networking creates a secure, encrypted connection, effectively making you part of the campus network regardless of where in the world you are. In fact, many systems require you to be part of the campus network in order to access them.