IT Security

Protecting Your Laptop

To deter theft and ensure speedy recovery of lost and stolen equipment, most UMass Lowell-issued computers have Computrace computer tracking installed.

The link above describes what Computrace is and how it works. We use all available product features, except for Geotechnology, and have limited use of Asset Administration. No action is required for its use.

Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Laptop

Laptops should also be physically secured to deter theft. Specially designed cables are available to lock down your laptop.

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In addition to locking your laptop, here are some tips for protecting your laptop or other mobile devices including iPads, tablets and USB thumb drives:

  • When leaving the office, keep your device out of sight. Shut the blinds and close and lock the door. Store it inside a desk drawer and lock it if possible.
  • At the airport or when traveling, never leave your laptop unattended and always be sure it is properly secured. Store it in the trunk of your car or a room safe if available.

If a computer is reported lost or stolen to police, notify IT Security at 978-934-4761 to initiate the tracking and recovery process – the sooner the better!