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Rented business laptop. Returning in 7 days. How to protect?


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#1 danstelter

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:12 AM

Hi - 

 

I rented a laptop to hold me over until my personal one gets repaired. Questions: 

 

1) What should I do right now to ensure there is no malware/spyware on the PC potentially placed by employees? No true concerns over this. Moreso just a cover-all-my-bases measure. 

 

2) I backup my whole business to Google Drive. What should I do to eliminate the data from this laptop, while still keeping it all present on Google Drive? 

 

Of course, all kinds of personal and professional information I don't want to get found. So, just want to know what I should do. I'm fairly savvy and can follow simple instructions. 

 

Thanks for your help, 

 

Dan 



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:03 PM

If you have the right to reformat and reinstall the Windows OS...that would be a good idea. That would eliminate easy access to anything you would not

want others to see such as documents, emails, passwords, etc.

 

Otherwise, the best you can do is go through all storage areas in browsers and documents and delete all...especially passwords and user names. You could

even overwrite the unused space on the hdd. That is very time consuming for today's large capacity hdd. One pass would be sufficient.


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A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 05:42 PM

Ok. So my question is: I use Google Drive. Copies of files on rental PC. What do I do to remove those files from the PC, without also deleting them from Google Drive?

 

And, what tool would I use to overwrite the unused HDD space? Any free tools for that? 

Thanks, 

Dan 



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:27 PM

I would think whatever files you have stored in the cloud can be accessed on any computer using the same Google account. You can test that

by using a different computer and the same Google account before sending the computer back to the rental co.

 

As to overwriting free space....CCleaner can do that. 

 

Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings plus check the box next to Wipe Free Space . No need to use the

Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars and Google Chrome.

After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

 

Piriform - Wiping free disk space


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:36 PM

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:12 PM

You're welcome...


“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
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