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I need good anti-theft measures for a new laptop.


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#1 Michael199x

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:49 PM

I'm looking to invest in a ~$1999 laptop. I'm moving out of the home and into a dorm soon, so I'm looking for a full-on desktop replacement to meet my needs.

The problem is that I don't trust people around that heavy of an investment. I'm afraid that my expensive new laptop could be stolen by either my dorm-mate, or someone else he knows, or someone on campus... etc, etc. My point is, I'm afraid of the thing being stolen.

I need some technology to apply to the thing to make it very hard to steal; Or at the very least, hard to get away with. GPS tracking, engraving, etcetc, some sort of physical lock... anything to deter theft.

Any help is appreciated.

EDIT: Typo in the topic description; Thats meant to be "you", not "your". Can't edit topic title/description, though. Mod Edit: Fixed:) - Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 24 August 2012 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:03 PM

Two suggestions.

Laptop locker: http://www.computersecurity.com/locker/

And

Lojack: http://www.absolute.com/lojackforlaptops/

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:04 PM

Other thoughts to add to animal's good suggestions.

Password the startup process so they can't even boot the computer with out the password. Same with access to the Bios, Password needed. That will help protect against someone else using it and thus lessen the chance of getting Malware.

Forget the password and you won't be able to boot either.

You culd set a hard drive password if available but that one if you forget it not only will the computer not boot but no data recovery either. All will be lost so not suggested to use.

Whatever you buy do not forget to make the system recovery discs on good quality DVD blanks.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:37 AM

Physically engrave your name on the back where it can be seen and also somewhere inside where it cant (helps if you need to identify it).

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

A kensington lock and a cinderblock :P

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

I have the most obvious suggestion...write down and maintain the serial number and all documentation for the purchase/laptop...just in case.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:50 PM

My roommate in college used a chain and a bike lock for his laptop. Its simple and effective.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:21 PM

Physically engrave your name on the back where it can be seen and also somewhere inside where it cant (helps if you need to identify it).



A kensington lock and a cinderblock :P



write down and maintain the serial number and all documentation for the purchase/laptop


I'd say these three things together ought to be very good protection, and dirt cheap!




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