Computer security

An image of a man property marking his computerHaving your computer stolen is not just about the cost of replacing it, but the frustration and inconvenience that can be caused by the loss of a valuable home or business tool.

By taking a few simple precautions, both before and after buying a computer, you can help save money and prevent heartache.

  • Before buying a computer, think about where you are going to put it in your home or office - don't make it a target.

  • Don't put it directly by a window, where it can be easily seen from outside.

  • Always mark each part of the computer - the mouse, screen, base unit etc. - with your postcode and house or business number. Have a property index created with details such as serial number, location etc.

  • If you store a property index list on a computer, keep a separate copy disc.

  • All equipment should be secured to a firm surface such as a desk, wall or floor. Even for the home, there are devices to secure the hard drive and monitors to a secure surface.

  • Strictly controlling access into your business premises will prevent casual or opportunist thefts.

  • Encourage staff to be responsible for the security of their allocated equipment in an office.

  • When they are not being used store portable computers in secure rooms or purpose- built cabinets.