Another tip in a series provided by the Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy.
UPPD CrimeStats published in Almanac routinely report laptop thefts from on campus. The cost of replacing a stolen laptop is considerable, but looks small in comparison to the cost of losing months or years of work. Stolen laptops also pose a serious threat to privacy when they contain sensitive information like SSNs, medical records, or student information.
To keep your laptop safe:
• Keep your belongings in sight and never leave your laptop unattended.
• Don't leave your laptop visible on the seat in your vehicle.
• Don't leave a meeting or conference without your laptop.
• Make sure your laptop data are backed up.
• Finally, consider purchasing Computrace software ($99 from Office of Site Licensing)*. Computrace is a recovery service that enables law enforcement to recover stolen laptops. If a computer with Computrace installed is reported stolen, the software contacts a monitoring center as soon as the computer is attached to the Internet, and reports its location. The Computrace vendor tracks the location and works with local law enforcement to recover and return your laptop to you. For more information, see: www.business-services.upenn.edu/computerstore/home/ software/system.html#security.
*For Computrace software, there are different purchasing methods for departmental purchases and individual purchases. Departments must place orders with the Office of Software Licensing (www.upenn.edu/softwarelicenses/), whereas individuals can only purchase from the Penn Computer Connection.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 32, May 2, 2006