Whether you’re celebrating Computer Learning Month in October or using your electronic devices for socializing, working or gaming, you want to protect your valuables from theft. Follow six tips as you protect your electronics at home, in your vehicle or at a public location like the library or coffee shop.
1. Invest in LoJack
While LoJack is known for automotive theft protection, it also protects your electronic devices. Use its software to track your devices, lock them and even remotely delete data.
2. Use a Kensington Lock
Leave your laptop sitting on the table while you check out books, use the bathroom or refill your coffee, and it will probably be stolen. Take precautions and carry your laptop with you or use a small but powerful Kensington lock to secure your laptop to your office, library or dorm desk.
3. Hide Your Devices
From carrying your computer to class in a nondescript bag to placing your GPS in the trunk after you park your car on campus, hiding your devices goes a long way toward preventing their theft. You’ll also want to throw away the device’s packaging so that no one can snoop around your home and see what you own.
4. Lock the Doors
Keep your home and vehicle doors locked, and you deter thieves from accessing your electronics.
5. Register Your Devices
When you buy electronics, take the time to register then with the manufacturer. Those companies often cooperate with the police to find stolen electronics.
6. Buy Theft Insurance
Adding your electronics to your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy won’t protect them from theft. However, the right insurance could replace stolen electronics. Talk to your agent and ensure you have replacement coverage on everything from your laptop and printer to your tablet and MP3 player. To prove the value of the devices you own, save the purchase receipts and record the serial numbers with your insurance policy in a secure location.