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Physical Security

It's easy to snag someone else's laptop or cell phone, but there are several steps you can take to make sure this doesn't happen to your stuff.

  • Use a security locking cable when you computer is at your desk or unattended
  • Manually lock your screen before you leave your desk.
  • Set an idle timeout that automatically locks the device when not in use.  15 minutes or less is recommended.
  • Store your laptop(s) and other portable devices in a secure location before leaving work.
  • Use a computer bag that doesn’t look like a traditional one
  • Never leave your computer in plain view unattended
  • Use location tools on your devices that will show its location if lost or stolen.
  • Use encrypted thumb and flash drives, and ensure all of your computer systems are encrypted. (Laptop, Smart Phones, etc)
  • Set locked, password-protected screens on all devices including laptops, desktops, tablets, and phones
  • Get theft insurance for your personal mobile device(s), if available