Follow some simple steps to keep your work laptop safe when you are away from the office.
According to the FBI, a laptop computer is stolen every 53 seconds—and 97% are never recovered. Surprising? It shouldn’t be. After all, today’s workers drag their laptops home, haul them through airports, and pop them open to work in libraries, coffee shops, and conference rooms. That’s why it’s important to follow some basic but important laptop security practices every time you take your laptop away from the safe confines of the workplace.
Don’t leave your laptop unattended. You wouldn’t leave your wallet sitting out while you stepped away from a table. Well, the contents of your laptop are just as important.
Whether you are in a coffee shop, another person’s office, a conference room, or a hotel room, keep your laptop in your possession at all times.
Beware of prying eyes. You’ve heard of “shoulder surfing”—when strangers look over your shoulder to see what you’re doing. It happens all too commonly on airplanes, buses, and in other public places. You never know if someone is just curious or if they are looking for sensitive, confidential, or proprietary data.
You can shield sensitive information by purchasing a polarizing screen cover or, more simply, by moving to a more private location or keeping your back to a wall.
Follow our password security practices. You’ve heard it a million times, but it bears repeating: nothing beats a strong, secure, regularly changed password.
Be sure to follow our organization’s specific password practices.
Report theft immediately. If your laptop is stolen, don’t wait to see if it turns up. Report it to your supervisor or security personnel and the local police immediately.
The longer a laptop is missing, the more likely it is that the data it contains will be breached.