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
If your computer 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
Lock down laptops and portable equipment
Always keep an eye on your laptop when it's 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 it away, or take it with you
whenever you leave a room, even if it's just to pop out for 5 minutes.
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
For more information about locking up your laptop, see the Information Security web pages and lunchtime courses.
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