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Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your Laptop

(ARA) – The scheming, green sourpuss is not the only villain who is hard at work over the holidays. As we approach the celebrations and festivities, a host of everyday thieves find the lure of loot too strong to resist; high-tech gear, including laptops, are certainly no exception.

So what can you do to protect your own computer or a no-expense-spared present for a loved one? These top tips can help you lock down your laptop and keep thieves from hijacking your holiday.

TIP: Common sense and a locked cabinet
Here’s a wonderfully clever idea: use reason this season!

Don’t leave laptops unattended. Lock them in cupboards or other secure places. If a vehicle is your only option, cover up the laptop or lock it in the trunk. And avoid those tell-tale laptop bags and opt instead for a backpack or tote bag to keep laptops more inconspicuous.

TIP: Locks and cables
Make thieves think twice before not being nice.

Don’t make it easy for someone to steal your laptop — a cable lock or other locking mechanism can act as a visual deterrent to would-be criminals. Although they can be ripped off the exterior of a laptop with a strong tug, they do force some thieves to waver before taking the risk. Even the Grinch might hesitate over heisting a roped-up computer!

TIP: Laptop tracking and recovery software, Computrace LoJack for Laptops
A shocking surprise that will pop your eyes!

We all know that laptops are magnets for theft, but did you know that one is actually stolen every 53 seconds? With Absolute Software’s Computrace LoJack for Laptops, you can fight these odds and get your gear back. This stealthy software also helps law enforcement catch thieves red-handed, or green-handed in the case of our anti-hero.

TIP: Passwords and backing up
Choose passwords with attention and care; if your laptop is nabbed, there’s nothing to share!

Laptops are appealing for black market sale but, for most of us, the personal information they contain is just as valuable. Don’t use simple passwords that even little Cindy-Lou Hoo could guess; always combine numbers and letters and never leave passwords in obvious places on or near the computer. Change passwords regularly as well. And remember to back up! Some things are simply irreplaceable if lost.

TIP: Additional security software tools
A layered way to keep thieves at bay.

For increased security, use a number of different software applications, including anti-virus software, encryption solutions, anti-spyware and firewalls. Prevent unauthorized access and spyware from ransacking your computer and protect valuable information from pillaging with data encryption software.

So follow these tips, if you haven’t before,
And your laptop will surely be more secure
From seasonal tricks played with merciless gall
By hearts that won’t grow three sizes at all.

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