1. Physical Security
Start with ways to lock your laptop down from outside of the machine. First, be sure that your laptop bag is always on your person. If you can not keep it on you that you use a padlock to keep the zipper securely closed. Most work benches at the airport have legs that you can easily secure the carry strap. You could utilize a cable lock to secure it to something like a chair fastened to the ground or a even a building pillar.
Furthermore, always keep a Kensington lock in your bag, and break it out every single time that you use your laptop in a public area. Kensington locks are inexpensive, and you can always ask your IT provider if they have any spares. Trust us, if you’re showing initiative to protect company assets, your company will listen.
Especially if in a hotel, a good way to keep your belongings safe is to put the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door. If posted, then the only foot traffic that should be in your room is your own. If something turns up missing, you and the Hotel are the only people with keys to your room. Helping narrow down the search for the thief.
2. Software Security
We’re not talking about McAfee or Norton here, rather something more along the lines of location software. Some examples of this may be Lojack for Laptops if you have a Windows machine, or Find My Mac if you are an Apple user. Also, to help protect your information, these applications will setup pass codes that the thief will have to hack to bypass. Finally, they can provide the location of your device if it’s missing or stolen.
3. Backup Solution
So if your device does go missing, you know as well as we do that your work can’t be put on hold. Rather, it will continue to pile up causing a mess of inconveniences yet the world doesn’t stop, even if your laptop is stolen. Most of all, you need to be able to back up your most valuable data and recover it at a moment’s notice with a legitimate backup solution. We’re not just talking about a file backup like Dropbox or Google Drive, rather, a truly reliable backup solution allows for virtualization of your laptop. As a result you can login to this virtual copy of your machine and it’s just like you’re sitting in front of it again.