I was recently sitting in an airport waiting to board my flight when I noticed another passenger leave their carry-on bags, along with a computer bag, unattended in the boarding area for at least five minutes. This person broke two important rules when traveling with a laptop. The first, they used a laptop bag and second, they left their bag unattended. Five minutes may not seem like a big deal, but five minutes is plenty of time for someone to walk away with an unattended computer bag.
If you are traveling with a laptop, what are some of the security precautions that you should take to ensure you don’t fall victim to laptop theft?
- As I hinted to above, ditch the computer bag and use one that is less conspicuous. Don’t carry your laptop in a computer bag because it makes it obvious to others that you are carrying a laptop.
- Always carry your laptop with you. Don’t check your laptop with the rest of your luggage.
- You wouldn’t leave your keys in your car, so don’t leave your passwords with your laptop. In the event that your laptop is stolen, a thief can’t do much with it unless they have your password.
- Keep your laptop on your lap or right beside you. You know what they say — out of sight, out of mind. If you put your laptop on the floor, it’s out of your sight and you may walk away without it.
- Don’t leave your laptop with the front desk. Many things go missing in hotels without explanations. If you can’t secure your laptop in your room, carry it with you.
- Invest in a security cable. Don’t assume a locked hotel room is a secure one. Purchase a locking cable so you can securely attach your laptop to the desk when you’re out of your room.
- Finally, it’s a good idea to encrypt the information on your laptop. In the event that a thief is able to log onto your laptop, they won’t be able to read your data.