Sure, you practice safe computing to prevent hackers from stealing your information while you’re online. But what about protecting the computer itself?
That’s especially important when your computer is a laptop. According to recent statistics collected by Safeware Insurance, a computer insurance company, a laptop is stolen somewhere in the world every 12 seconds.
Here are suggestions to keep your computer from being included in that statistic.
- When traveling, avoid carrying your computer in anything that resembles a laptop case. Instead, use a canvas bag or a small suitcase that looks like it’s holding your clothes or toiletries.
- Keep an eye on your laptop as it moves along the conveyor belt during an airport security check. Once you’ve walked through the scanner yourself, retrieve your laptop immediately.
- In hotel rooms, store your computer out of sight. Use a safe if there’s one handy. Otherwise, take your computer with you.
- Invest in a lock, a security cable, an alarm, and a software program that can be turned on remotely to track your computer if a thief makes off with it.