10 Tips for Preventing Laptop Theft
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As a technology company, laptops, desktops, tablets and cellphones are necessary tools your employees use to get their everyday job duties completed. However, laptops and other small personal electronic devices are desirable items for thieves. Since laptops can easily be resalable, thieves often target them to make a quick profit.
If an employee’s personal laptop is stolen, it’ll probably only affect them. But if their stolen laptop contains work information, or is owned by your company, your customers, that employee’s job and the security of your company could all be affected in minutes.
To minimize the risk of theft, communicate tips to employees and aim to keep their 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.
- Don’t write down your passwords. If you must write your passwords down, don’t 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 trunk 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 backpack 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 traveling—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 right away. Tell police the make, model and serial number so a complete report can be filed and the chances of getting your laptop back are greater.
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