Free tools to help you protect your laptop, mobile devices

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PHOENIX -- If somebody steals your laptop, tablet or smartphone -- or if you simply lose them -- you're losing a lot more than just expensive hardware. You're also losing something much more valuable -- your personal information.

Ken Colburn from Data Doctors showed Scott Pasmore several free services designed to help you protect both your hardware and your information.

These programs can not only track your gadgets, they can lock them down or even erase them should the worse happen.

For more information, visit You can follow Colburn on Twitter; he's @TheDataDoc.