Laptop/Mobile Security

Physical Security

Never leave your mobile computing device in a public place. If you take your mobile computing device into libraries or classrooms, do not leave it alone, even just "for a minute" while you go to the restroom or talk with a friend. Thieves look for such opportunities.

Always lock your door, even if you are just heading to the bathroom. If you leave your door open, you are providing thieves easy access to steal your belongings.

Never leave your mobile computing device unattended, even for a moment, even in your office or dorm room. Most mobile computing devices are stolen from their owner's office, while the owner is on a quick break or at a meeting.

If you must leave your mobile computing device in a car, stow your bag in the trunk before you reach your destination so potential thieves don't see you. Make sure your car is locked.

Avoid setting your mobile computing device on the floor Putting your mobile computing device on the floor is an easy way to forget or lose track of it. If you have to set it down, try to place it between your feet or against your leg (so you're always aware it's there).

Use a low-key shoulder bag, briefcase, or backpack for your mobile computing device. Avoid expensive bags that scream, "Laptop inside!"

If you are going out for coffee or lunch, lock your gear in a desk or an office that can be locked. Or, use a mobile computing device cable lock.

Never leave access numbers or passwords in your carrying case.

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