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Laptop Theft - How to Protect Your Computer
Laptop - Protect it From Theft
Laptop computer thefts are at an all time high. Some of the places laptops are commonly stolen are airports, hotel rooms, parked cars, wi-fi enabled coffee shops or cafes and even in business offices.
Airport statistics are staggering, as approximately 10,278 laptops are stolen or lost every week at the 36 largest airports. Roughly 2000 are stolen from medium sized airports. This often occurs when an individual is at the security checkpoints. Hotels and parked cars are a close second for thefts. The bulk of lost computers at airports are never recovered, as most people assume they have no chance of ever having it returned to them and do not pursue a search with airport personnel.
Lock For Laptop
Traveling is the Most Vulnerable Time
It is imperative that you keep an eye on your laptop at all times when you are using it away from home. Even if you are at a conference, assuming you are among friends, when and when you leave to go to the coffee pot or restroom, computers are frequently stolen. Just a short distraction gives a thief the opportunity to steal.
This may also happen if you are in a cafe when you walk up to refill your coffee cup for instance. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that you think of your computer as cash on the table and do not let it out of yours site and better yet, use a security lock. Identity theft often occurs if your laptop it stolen. However, there are several things you can do to lower the risk of this loss.
How To Keep Your Laptop From Being Stolen
Laptop Anti-Theft: Travel Identity Theft
Computer Theft Prevention
This is a list of several things you can do to prevent the theft of your laptop.
- Keep your laptop locked with a laptop security cable, attaching it to something heavy that would be difficult for an individual to move.
- Do something to make your computer easily identified, such as use some permanent marking or engrave your name on the top.
- There are several security programs which you may purchase that can track your computer as soon as someone logs onto the web. There are also alarms available. Some of them make an alarm sound when there is an unexpected motion of your computer or sometimes you can set a specific range around you. The alarm will then sound if the computer leaves that range. Some type of lo-jack program is also useful, particularly if you frequently use your laptop outside of your home.
- There are some very good locks and cables that can be attached to a leg of a heavy table or desk.
- In airports keep you eye on your computer as you go through security. Hold it until the individual in front of you has moved, then watch is as it emerges from the metal detector. Pick it up immediately.
- If you are staying in a hotel room with a safe and are leaving the room, use the safe if one is available or take the laptop with you. If you have a security cable, connect it to the most secure location and put up the "Do Not Disturb" sign before you leave the room.
- Never leave you laptop visible in your car, not even in the trunk. Parked cars are a favorite place for thieves to look, particularly in crowded garages.
- Many of us have a special computer bag which makes it obvious to others that we are carrying a laptop. A safer way to travel might be putting your laptop in a backpack, a small suitcase or a padded briefcase.
- Remember to keep your laptop password protected. Also, do not store your passwords with or in your laptop. This alone will help prevent identity fraud if your laptop is stolen. Of course, a firewall is necessary and keep your anti-virus program up to date.
- Try to not put your laptop on the floor. If that is necessary, place it between your legs, so you are conscious of it continually.
Back side of My Cooling Pad
Use a Cooling Pad for Your Laptop
Many people, such as myself, use their laptop while sitting in a comfortable chair, like a recliner. As you are aware, computers get quite warm sitting on your legs. It is well worthwhile to purchase a cooling pad that has a fan, which will keep your computer cool and most are cushioned on the bottom which makes them more comfortable on your legs. It may also extend the life of your laptop to some degree, although laptops have their own fan. It certainly is more comfortable.
I travel somewhat regularly and have often taken my laptop to the library for genealogy research and also in wi-fi cafes when traveling especially. I have always watched my laptop closely, but I didn't realize how many laptops are stolen each day. When I started reading about this problem it enlightened me to the fact that I need to take further security precautions.
Hopefully, some of these tips for safety will be useful to all the people reading this hub.
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby