A great article in the LA Times recently:
“Keeping Your Laptop Safe From Theives”
Here are the main points:
Think of your laptop like money
If you leave a wad of cash on a seat, how likely is that a target for thieves? Thank of your laptop the same way
“If you carry your laptop in a bag that was obviously designed for that purpose, it could become a prime target. Consider putting your computer inside a briefcase, backpack or other bag that’s not so upfront about its contents.” This is a great reason to invest in a rolling laptop bag instead of a simple messenger bag or even laptop backpack. Since many of us travel with our laptop, using a rolling laptop bag has many advantages – mostly because it looks like luggage and not necessarily a big specifically designed for a laptop
In fact take a look at our bestseller list and the current number one McKlein USA Glen Ellyn Rolling Laptop Bag and you’ll see that coincidentally these rolling laptop bags for women that combine business and style do a great job of disguise as well!
Software is available which will sound an alarm if the laptop detects aberrant movement
Here we come to some simple common sense when it comes to luggage. Keep your eye on your laptop at all times. Do not push your luggage (and laptop) through the X-Ray until it is your turn. Watch it go through. Then walk yourself through. When you come out the other end you look for your laptop. If your laptop goes out before you walk through, you may lose it. If you walk through before your laptop walks through, you may lose it. You want to basically give it a head start, then beat it to the finish line
Backup Your Data
And of course if you ever lose your data, it will be nice to have a backup.
Something this article didn’t touch on is encryption. This is a tricky one because if you encrypt your hard drives, it will make it harder for thieves to sneak off with your data. But they can still sneak off with your laptop. Encrypting your hard drives does give you a bit of extra protection. The bad side? If your laptop ever crashes, it is much harder to rebuild a laptop that has been encrypted and you may lose your data – which means you want a backup anyway.
Great article by the latimes.com. Go check it out!