Vox Laptop Protection 101: An alternative to LoJack
Recently, the Department of Public Safety has begun a laptop security campaign in response to a dramatic rise in the number of stolen laptops this month. In 2012, an average of four laptops have been stolen per month, but, over the past two weeks, seven laptops have been stolen.
Not surprisingly, of the laptops reported stolen to DPS, Lauinger Library and the Hariri Building are the most common locations for laptop theft. MSBros, it seems, get up to use their free printing quite a bit.
In actuality, though, theft is most likely to occur when a laptop is left unattended in a public space, usually in study areas.
In their campaign, DPS has offered a discount for students who want to purchase LoJack, a service that will secure private information as well as work with the police to restore stolen laptops. However, if you aren’t willing to spring the $13.95, a variety of free software services, such as preyproject.com, are available online.
Here are some tips to protect your precious $2500 social networking machines.
- If you don’t want to risk the trip to the bathroom. Don’t. Just set up shop in the stall. Who’s going to know?
- Just disguise your MacBook as a PC. Why would anyone bother?
- Glue your laptop to the table. Think about it. You could always buy a laptop lock, but those typically run in the tens of dollars. Glue is way cheaper.
- Put a Romney/Ryan 2012 Sticker on the front. Enough said.
If none of these measures work, don’t bother calling DPS, they probably won’t find it anyway, approximately 80 percent of laptop thefts reported to DPS go unsolved. Just go vigilante.
You may not be the hero Georgetown deserves, but you’re the one it needs. So go hunt your hard drive down.