My Laptop Got Stolen, Now What?
By Don Freeman
Lately I’ve been hearing stories of expats and tourists in Chiang Mai
getting their laptops stolen. Having your laptop stolen is a terrible
experience. You not only feel violated, but your life was basically on that
computer. Picking up the pieces can be hard, but today it can be made easier
with cloud computing. Cloud computing is the ability to back up all your data
and do everything in cyberspace or in the cloud.
The easiest form of cloud computing for us expats is through Google’s Gmail. If
you have a Gmail account, you have Google Drive. With Google Drive, you no
longer need Microsoft Office. You can create a document, a spreadsheet, a
presentation, keep track of your calendars, and everything is backed up on
Google servers or in the cloud.
With Gmail all you need is a browser and an Internet connection. So if your
laptop is stolen, all you have to do is go to an Internet cafe and access all of
your important data just by logging into your Gmail account. All your documents
and files will all be there on Google Drive.
A big advantage to doing everything through the cloud is that we no longer have
to buy the most expensive laptop. The fastest computer with the most memory is
no longer necessary. Basically all you need is a cheap laptop with wifi and a
browser. So if this laptop gets stolen, it’s not as problematic like before.
Now I know many of you are thinking about security and privacy. The idea of
handing over our important data is concerning. But we must remember that these
companies have their reputations at stake and require security measures in
place. If they didn’t they wouldn’t have any customers. Keep in mind that the
only way to access your data is with your username and password and only you
have that info.
Fortune 500 companies are now going way of the cloud. It helps them save IT
costs by a tremendous amount. If Fortune 500 companies are going this route, it
makes sense for us as well.
I have to tell you that cloud computing has made my life easier. I no longer
have to worry about losing my data. As I travel through Thailand and back to the
US, I can access all my info on my laptop or even on my smartphone. I really
think cloud computing is the way of the future and I think cloud computing is a
good area to be in for me and my clients.
My favorite stock is Google (GOOG). Google started as a search company, but has
branched into so many other businesses. There’s Gmail, Google+, Youtube, Google
Drive, soon Google Glass, and they own the popular Android operating system for
smartphones. The stock has been a huge winner for me coming out of the 2009
financial crisis rising from $300 to $900.
If Google is a little pricey for you, I also like Salesforce.com (CRM).
Salesforce.com is a pure cloud computing company. They specialize in customer
relationship management or CRM. A company can assign each customer an account
and everyone in the organization can collaborate remotely. According to Forbes,
Salesforce.com is the most innovative company in America.
How Salesforce.com makes money is via subscriptions. Salesforce.com has its
services available in over 16 different languages and has over 100,000 customers
with over 2 million subscriptions. The stock has been a great performer as well
the past 5 years rising several hundreds of percent.
Don Freeman is president of Freeman Capital Management, a Registered Investment
Advisor with the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), based in Phuket,
Thailand. He has over 15 years experience and provides personal financial
planning and wealth management to expatriates. Specializing in UK and US pension
transfers. Call 089-970-5795 or email: [email protected]