Preventing laptop theft: Defense-in-depth approach

Did you know that 88 laptops were stolen on campus last year? Most were stolen from campus libraries (mainly Doe and Moffitt). UC Berkeley iNews has a recent article with steps you can take to reduce the chance of your laptop getting stolen. The article also include information on data encryption and more. This holistic approach is called a defense-in-depth approach: combine physical security with additional, defensive layers such as encryption and location software.

Basic steps you can take include:

  • Do not walk away from your laptop, even for a "minute"
  • Secure your laptop using quality hardware
  • Make sure your laptop is identifiable

Besides laptops, cell phones, ipods, etc. are easily stolen. Don’t be a victim!