Loss and Theft - Devices

Of course, online security isn't enough: you also need to guard against mishaps in the real world. For example, your computer could break, get damaged, or be stolen.

If your computer or mobile device is stolen, you have not only lost the physical device and your data but you have also given someone else access to any stored usernames, passwords, account details, etc.

While most areas in the University are secure from any non-University members, this can never be certain - the University is a regular target for opportunistic thieves. You should take basic measures to secure personal items:

  • Lock down laptops and portable equipment
  • Always keep an eye on your devices when in a public place
  • In your room, keep devices out of sight (i.e. so that they can't be seen through the window, especially if you are on the ground floor)
  • Lock your devices away, or take them with you whenever you leave a room, even if it's just to pop out for 5 minutes
  • Apply an appropriate password to your mobile device. You must apply a more advanced password than the default (four number) settings
  • Where it is possible consider enabling the ability to remotely locate, remotely "kill" or wipe devices
  • When setting an auto-reply email message, don't say that you are going on holiday, or give any indication that you will be away from your room or house

For more information about locking up your devices, see the Information Security web pages and lunchtime courses.

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