On a safe university campus, you probably don't worry too much about leaving your device alone momentarily. At the same time, if something were to happen to a device of yours, it could be quite embarrassing or expensive. At worst, you could lose crucial personal information or suffer reputational damage. Fortunately for all, protecting a device is quite simple.
Treat your device like money. You wouldn’t leave cash on a seat in the airport or bus—why treat an expensive device any differently?
Lock Your Screen
If you are on a computer, lock your screen when you need to step away from it. Make sure that you set up the option to require reauthentication when logging back in. The following shortcuts make this a cinch:
|Windows||⊞ (Windows Key) + L|
|Mac||Command + Shift + Power Button|
Keep Your Antivirus/Malware Software Updated
Be sure that your antivirus/malware software is installed and up-to-date. Learn more in our article about about antivirus software.
Lock the Door
If you have an electronic device in an office environment, when you leave your office be sure to lock your device—and the door (if applicable). This will prevent those that are unauthorized from gaining access to your device.
Keep Valuables in a Safe Place
Make sure to keep any valuable paper work, or paper records of passwords in a safe place. Never store password records in your laptop case. To be the most secure, avoid having paper records of passwords all together. Learn more in our article about about passwords.
Store Laptops Safely
Never leave your laptop in your car—leaving your laptop in your car makes it an easy target for thieves. Depending on your surroundings, it may be useful to store your laptop in something other than a laptop case—this can help disguise it so it is less obvious that you have something valuable.