In this article, we shall discuss how to remotely wipe data on a Windows device in case you ever lose it. If your device is lost, you can sign into the software’s website to track your device and wipe your personal data on Windows PC remotely.
A desktop PC/Laptop is a place where we store all the important information both personal and company-related sensitive documents. If god forbid, a laptop goes missing or is stolen anytime; we cannot afford to leak out sensitive information. During such mishaps, if you think that a lock ID or the device passcode can safeguard your valuable data, then you may be wrong as anyone can detach your hard drive and use it on another system to check your data.
In cases like these, you may want to track the device remotely and remove the important data on the device. While such accidents can happen at any time, it is necessary to plan ahead to take necessary precautions to keep data protected from the prying eyes before such mishaps happen.
To avoid losing your data, you need to enable the feature ahead of time so that you can remotely wipe your hard disk which will make your system pretty much useless for anyone out there.
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You can track your devices, lock them and remotely wipe the data from the device using the Find my device feature from Windows. But unfortunately, this integrated feature is not available for all Windows versions and works only with Windows 11/10 Pro.
Enable the Find My Device Feature
The Find My Device feature is only available on Windows 10/11. The feature allows you to locate your lost or stolen device. You can even use it to lock your Windows PC or wipe the data remotely.
- First of all, open the Start menu and click on Settings.
- On the Settings, click on the Update & Security/Privacy & Security option and click on the Find my Device option.
- Enable the toggle button behind Find my device.
- That’s it! You are done.
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Now, if you have lost your device, you need to click on the See all your devices linked to your account option.
This will take you to Microsoft’s official Find my Device webpage. There select the device, and you will see the location details. Also, you can lock your device from the My Devices page.
That’s it, It will only allow you to lock the lost or stolen device.