1. When transporting a laptop, don’t use a laptop or computer bag. This draws attention to the fact that a person has a laptop. It’s best to instead store a laptop in a backpack, briefcase or purse, if possible.
2. Consider investing in security devices and programs specifically for laptops. For people that travel with a laptop on a regular basis, it may be a good idea to use a laptop security cable to attach the computer to a heavy piece of furniture when it’s left in a hotel room. There are also a number of security programs that can be installed on a computer that will track the location of the laptop if it’s stolen. In addition, these programs also have the capability to remotely store or erase data and lock the computer. This type of software would be especially valuable for someone who has a great deal of work or personal information stored on a laptop. It’s never a good idea to leave a laptop unattended in a hotel room unless it is securely locked.
3. Never put a laptop on the floor. When traveling or out and about with a laptop, it often ends up on the floor, for various reasons, but this is an easy way for the computer to get lost or stolen.
4. If there is a lot of important or valuable information on a computer, it’s a good idea to install encryption software, which in the event of a theft will keep the thief from being able to access the data and information.
5. Never leave a laptop in a visible area of a car. This is one of the most common ways for a laptop to be stolen. Even if the computer is hidden in a bag, it’s best to put it out of sight altogether, in the trunk or under the seat.
6. Just as there are alarm systems for homes, there are also alarm systems for laptops. A laptop alarm is usually about the size of a credit card and can be attached to a USB port, so that if a laptop is moved an alarm will sound.