Computers, especially laptops, are vulnerable to theft at an alarming rate, spawning a growing line of computer theft prevention and tracking products designed to secure and recover your computer.
Of course there are several steps you can take, in addition to using these computer theft recovery products to help ensure PC security.
1. Never leave your laptop or computer in plain sight in an unlocked vehicle.
2. Carry your laptop in a briefcase or other case that won't identify it as a laptop computer. Using a computer bag or case is an invitation to computer theft.
3. Take your laptop with you if you're taking a break from a conference or meeting.
4. Lock your computer in your office, in a closet or cabinet when you don't need it.
5. Apply distinctive markings, using paint or White-Out, to the case of your computer to make it easy to identify.
6. Back up all of your data, and store it in a secure location.
7. Write down the model and serial numbers of your computer, and put them in a secure location.
Secure your PC against computer theftThere are locks and other devices available that will prevent someone from taking off with your computer.
Install a mobile alarm on your laptop or computerThese alarms are designed to go off whenever they detect motion or a computer is moved outside a designated security area. Designed primarily for laptop theft protection, they can also be used to secure your PC.
Use computer tracking and laptop tracking devicesComputer tracking and laptop tracking devices are designed to help locate your stolen computer, but can also protect data from prying eyes.
- Computer thieves can easily cut through a cable or other lock-down device, so make sure your protection is multi-layered including installing tracking devices for computers.
- Use security devices and recovery software that are bonded or provide a written guarantee that your computer will be recovered. Many of these companies work closely with police to recover your stolen items.
- Encrypt all data on your computer, including valuable documents, passwords, and address books.