Five Ways to Keep Your Gadgets Safe from Theft

Because technology is constantly advancing, it can feel as though there are new must-have gadgets and devices being released yearly. Nowhere is that truer than in the smart devices industry, and this includes computers and laptops. Each brand releases new models filled with shiny new features on a regular basis, with some brands offering more than one new model a year. If you’re the type that likes to have the latest and greatest, then there’s a good chance you’re upgrading your computer every couple of years.

Unfortunately, thanks to the fact that these gadgets are so cutting-edge and often quite expensive, they tend to be a target for theft. Even if you’ve never had your computer or laptop stolen before, there’s a good chance you know someone who it has happened to. So rather than become a victim, here we’ll take a look at the ways in which you can protect your gadgets from theft.

Install a Tracking App

One of the first things you’ll want to do is to look into tracking technology, which is meant to help you locate your device and keep your data and information safe should it be stolen. Take for example the Hidden app, which is a Mac tracking app that you can install on your MacBook.

This app allows for location tracking of your lost or stolen device and the ability to remotely lock your device so the thief can’t steal data off it. You can also remotely wipe it and take photos of the person using your device with iSight. Advanced features such as keylogging, screenshots, spoken messages, and remote access to your computer are also included in the list of features. The Hidden app takes tracking to a whole new level.

Make Sure You Have a Lock Screen with a Password Enabled

It’s also very important that no matter what device you have, you ensure it is protected with a lock screen and strong password. Sure it can be annoying to enter in your password each time you want to use your MacBook, but it can act as a big deterrent for potential thieves. When they notice the lock screen is enabled, there is a higher chance they will move on to the next device rather than bother with yours.

Attach Contact Information to the Back of the Device

This particular tip isn’t always something that people think to do, but sometimes your MacBook isn’t stolen, rather it is lost. By attaching contact information to the back of your device, you can improve your odds of getting it back. All you need is a work email, or work phone number with your first name. There is no need to get really personal with the information.

Get Into the Habit of Doing a Double Check

Often people make it a lot easier for these thieves to steal their devices, as they leave them behind on a table at a restaurant, on a bench in the bus stop, etc. Let’s face it, they are lightweight and highly portable, so chances are you take the device out pretty often. For this reason, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of double-checking that you have it with you before you leave.

Keep Your MacBook Concealed When Not in Use

Finally, you want to try to keep your MacBook concealed when not in use so as not to draw attention. This could mean in a zippered interior pocket of your bag, briefcase, luggage etc.

Each of these tips will make you less of a target and help to prevent your device from being stolen.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.