What steps can I take to protect my data in case my laptop gets stolen?
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Set up full drive encryption—that way if someone steals your laptop they won’t be able to access your data without a password.
Keep the files you can’t afford to lose in Dropbox (if you are working on then on the road) so they are constantly backed up in case if theft. Your Dropbox folder will be safely encrypted along with the rest of your drive. You do need to trust Dropbox though.