Article — Safeguarding Your Laptop

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Sure, you practice safe computing to prevent hackers from stealing your information while you’re online. But what about protecting the computer itself?

Image source: Everaldo Coelho and YellowIcon via Wikimedia Commons

Image source: Everaldo Coelho and YellowIcon via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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