Did You Know?
- A laptop computer has a 1-in-10 chance of being stolen.
- Nearly half of all laptop thefts occur in offices or classrooms.
- 98% of stolen laptops are never recovered.
- Laptops have a higher rate of security problems than desktop workstations.
In addition, follow these steps to protect your devices.
- Physically secure your laptop computer by keeping it in an office that can be locked. Also, use a cable lock to secure it to a desk or heavy object in or outside of the office.
- The University Police department offers a laptop registration and engraving service called Operation ID to help identify stolen equipment.
- Do not store sensitive or confidential data on mobile devices unless you have been authorized to do so.
- Avoid leaving your mobile devices and media unattended.
- Always use a password to protect your portable device against unauthorized use.
- Turn Bluetooth power off by default, and do not let it be set to discoverable.
- Turn off the radio switch for your laptop's Wi-Fi access when you are not using it.
- If a portable device is lost or stolen, contact University Police for assistance.