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As restrictions continue to loosen and more and more of us get vaccinated, you may want to work from somewhere new. You may venture out to a cafe or park, or even go back to the office if it’s allowed.

When that time comes, it’s easy to forget that laptops can be prime targets for theft because of their small size and portability.

Most businesses depend on computers to some extent and the business interruption due to a stolen portable computer is inconvenient and can be significant. Even if a stolen computer is immediately replaced, it may be difficult to recover the data if adequate precautions have not been taken. Additionally, the data may contain personal or confidential information that could be used for fraudulent purposes.

Here are some easy ways to improve your computer security.

Laptop Computers

  • Keep a record of your laptop details such as the make, model, and serial number of the computer.
  • At the office or business, secure the laptop with a steel cable lock.
  • Do not leave the computer on a desk or otherwise visible after hours in an unsecure office.
  • Never leave a laptop in the passenger compartment of an unattended vehicle. If you have to, the trunk is a better place to store it and will keep it out of sight.
  • Keep the laptop near you at all times when you’re out in public.
  • At off-site meetings, make sure that all laptops are protected during breaks and the room is locked when unattended.

Desktop computers
Just because a desktop computer isn’t small and portable like a laptop, doesn’t mean no one will want to steal it. Here are a few ways to secure your desktop:

  • Steel cable locks that are secured to hard-to-move objects such as desks and cabinets.
  • A locked enclosure that is secured to a desk or cabinet.
  • Lockdown plates that secure a computer to a desktop.
  • An alarm system like a motion detector attached directly to your computer.

Server computers
Server computers are incredibly important to businesses, as they are considered mission critical systems. Serious attention should be given to the physical security requirements of the server room if your business has one.

Other important security measures to consider:
If you’ve ever had trouble accessing a file on your computer, you know how important it is to back everything up.

Your data should be regularly backed up on your computer. Ideally, a copy of the backup should be kept off-site, as this may be the only way to restore your data in the event your computer is stolen.

Laptops aren’t the only portable device targeted for theft. Tablets and smartphones can be easy targets too! Make sure you have security options enabled that will allow you to secure your private information if a smartphone is ever stolen.

To learn more about risk management steps you can take to help protect your business, visit our blog.