Use these tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of laptop theft and to keep your laptop (and all the data it contains) safe.
• Use strong passwords, change passwords frequently and avoid setting up automatic sign-ins. This will make it more difficult for thieves to log on to your computer and access your personal information.
• Do not write down your passwords. If you must write your passwords down, do not keep the list close to your laptop (for example, on a sticky note kept in your laptop bag).
• Never leave your laptop in an unlocked car.
• Never leave your laptop in plain sight in your locked car. Lock it in the boot and make sure no one sees you put it there.
• Carry your laptop in something other than a laptop bag. This may seem unusual, but using a laptop bag makes it very obvious to thieves that you are carrying a laptop. Use something more inconspicuous, such as a rucksack or messenger bag.
• Lock up your laptop with a security cable. Attach it to a desk or other heavy stationary object. This visual deterrent will make your laptop less appealing to a thief.
• Always keep your laptop in your sight. Don’t leave a meeting or a conference room without your laptop—always bring it with you. You never know who could have access to that room, even if you’re only gone for a few minutes.
• Be especially diligent when travelling—airports are a common place for laptop theft. Also be careful in taxis, hotel rooms, restaurants and coffee shops.
• Encrypt and back up data and information. The loss of important data and information would probably be more devastating than the physical loss of the laptop.
If your laptop is stolen, report it straight away. Tell police the make, model and serial number so a complete report can be filed and the chances of getting your laptop back