Loss Prevention Tips for Laptop Computers

General Laptop Suggestions

  • Adhere to University and departmental procedures for obtaining permission to remove laptops (and other computer equipment) from facilities.
  • Secure your laptop in a locked cabinet or drawer when not in use.
  • Do not leave your laptop unattended.
  • Use only University-approved, licensed software on your laptop.
  • Do not allow non-employees to access your laptop.
  • Make sure each laptop has a University tag affixed to it.
  • University employees are responsible for laptops in their residence or personal vehicles when working remotely.

Password Management – Follow C&IT's recommendations and policies

Procedures When Traveling

  • Do not leave your laptop unattended in an extremely hot or cold automobile for an extended period of time.
  • Do not leave your laptop (or other equipment) visible inside the vehicle.  Keep in locked trunk, if possible, or hidden in vehicle if trunk not available.
  • Never leave your laptop unattended in an airport.  Keep your laptop with you at all times.
  • Use caution when processing your laptop through security. Check with C&IT regarding best practices for laptops in airports, security scanners, etc.
  • Do not check your laptop as baggage.