Five Most Stolen Gadgets
Now that laptops are smaller and more popular with both home and business users, they're increasingly in danger of being stolen. Even worse, they're rarely recovered – Safeware, an insurance company specializing in computers, estimates 5% of laptops will be stolen within 12 months of purchase and only 3% of those will be returned.
How to prevent theft (or minimize the consequences of theft):
- Record your serial numbers. Many people don't and it's crucial in retrieving stolen goods.
- Buy a lock. They're so cheap and available that it's inexcusable not to own one. They're also conspicuous deterrents for thieves.
- Use complex passwords for everything, so that thieves at least can't get into your personal information or bank accounts.
- Attach a business card to your laptop to aid recovery, you know, in case the thief leaves the laptop in some ditch.
- Get it insured from a company like Safeware or your home insurance provider.
- Encrypt and back up your data. Machines are replaceable but your files may not be and can make the theft that much worse.
- Again, install tracking software or access blocking software. Remote Laptop Security lets you block access to specific files from anywhere, which comes in handy for sensitive information. Companies like LoJack and GadgetTrak can even locate your computer based on its internet use.