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How to Protect Your Laptop From Theft

Each day about 2,000 laptop computers are stolen. Many of these thefts could be prevented. Here are some prudent steps you can take to prevent your portable computer from becoming a police statistic.

General Rules
     Lock your notebook in your office during off hours.
     Review and understand the laptop insurance coverage included in your business and homeowners policies to ensure you have coverage for theft.
     Keep only the most necessary proprietary information on the portable.
     Do not load passwords on the laptop, particularly those allowing remote and e-mail communication with clients or the office.
     Never leave your laptop unattended in a public place even for a moment.
     Consider installing a bootup password, available on most portables, so only users with your password can access the hard disk.
     Back up files and store them in some place other than the laptop carrying case.
     Consider engraving the company name or some other identification on the laptop cover.
     Be especially cautious about installing any software from unknown sources: it may contain a virus.
     Pay attention to where you use the portable. Be aware that your computer screen can be seen by someone behind or next to you. This is especially true on an airplane.
Travel Rules
     Carry your notebook in a strong, padded, nondescript bag. Do not use a carrying case that advertises there's a computer inside.
     Never leave the laptop in full view in your car.
     Never check the computer as luggage at airports.
     Keep hold of your laptop at all times in airports.
     At airport security checkpoints, be observant. Don't place the laptop on a conveyor belt until you are ready to walk through the checkpoint.

  Source: Grabush, Newman & Co., PA, Baltimore


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