10 things to do before you lose your laptop – CIO

Whether you’re in the office, at home, in school, or at coffee shops and hotels around the world, laptops are everywhere. The portable computer allows you to stay in touch and do productive work regardless of where you may be physically – especially when you factor in the extended battery life and cloud-based computing applications and services.

On the other hand, the sheer portability of the laptop also makes it vulnerable to unauthorized access or outright theft or lost. Gartner recently estimated that a laptop is lost every 53 seconds.

While nobody plans to lose a laptop, there are some things that you can do to reduce both the risk and the potential legal repercussions should your laptop ever be misplaced or stolen. As with most security measures, the best defense is a good offense. Here are 10 things to do before you lose your laptop.

password with auto lock

1. Set up a password with auto-lock.

The first step to protect your laptop would be to set a password to protect your device. While this does not protect you from hackers who can remove your laptop’s hard disk drive to access them directly, it can form a deterrent against non-tech thieves or opportunists with a few minutes’ access to pillage your data or install malware. Don’t forget to set the password to kick in after sleep and when the screen saver begins, too. 

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