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In this article we will cover the security measures you should take with your new laptop. I’m not talking about software here (although you should take those measures too, but that is with any computer). I’m talking about five things to ensure the safety and protection of it.

  • Get laptop insurance
  • Buy a sleeve and/or case
  • Security cable
  • Protect your screen
  • Portable surge protector

Get Laptop Insurance

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Don’t confuse “insurance” with the warranties sold to you by the big box stores or manufacturing companies, which Joel warns you about in his article about 7 mistakes to avoid when purchasing a new computer Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes When Buying A New Computer Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes When Buying A New Computer I built a new computer a few years ago. I’ve always considered myself above average in the tech field, but looking back, I have a few regrets with the system I built - some of... Read More . I’m not talking about those. I’m referring to a reliable insurance company with a competitive rate that covers everything from hardware failure to your friend dive bombing onto your bed where your used-to-be laptop resided. Having to replace the laptop is enough pain as it is, why not let an insurance company take some of that pressure off your bank account. It’s surprisingly affordable. In the article Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public Ideally we would never leave our laptops from our sight, especially in public. And there are definitely areas like airports and public transit where you should never consider it an option. But since becoming a... Read More  there is a section that covers laptop insurance and what companies are the best.

Buy A Laptop Sleeve And/Or Case

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A laptop sleeve, case, or better yet both, is another essential. Backpacks are nice, but they usually don’t provide the same protection. Below is a picture of what happened to a laptop of mine while in a backpack I was wearing. A sleeve alone can’t stop all damages, but it sure can help.

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I personally recommend purchasing them online. It allows you to choose from a much larger variety than a physical store might have.

Buy A Security Cable

A security cable is another must-have. You don’t want your brand new machine suddenly stolen, whether you have insurance or not. This is another topic that was covered in depth in the article about tools and techniques for when you need to leave your laptop in public Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public Ideally we would never leave our laptops from our sight, especially in public. And there are definitely areas like airports and public transit where you should never consider it an option. But since becoming a... Read More . If you’re searching for more information, I recommend taking a look at that section. Where does this security cable go? In a port that looks like the one in the image below.

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Protect Your Screen

You could by a screen protector for your laptop and hassle with putting it on (which there’s an awesome method to do for cell phones and tablets The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet Have you ever seen someone’s phone with a giant bubble in the middle between the screen protector and the screen? Perhaps you’ve been that person or are trying not to be that person. Whether you... Read More  by the way), but laptops don’t really need these in the same sense that cell phones and tablets do. And the laptop screen protectors may not be as optimized for touchscreen laptops, which are increasing in popularity with Windows 8 and will continue to do so. The solution? Keep that piece of film between your screen and your keyboard that came with your laptop. I didn’t do this on my old computer and now I have a nice line across the screen.
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Portable Surge Protector

We probably all plug our laptops and other electronic devices into a surge protector whenever we’re at home, but what about when we’re on the go? Without one, we must rely on the power outlets of places like coffee shops, hotels and other people’s homes and hope that nothing bad happens. Sure you might have insurance, but what if you could prevent a huge mishap less than $20? I say that’s worth it.

Portable surge protectors come in various forms, from attachments that connect between the power pack and cable, to units that plug into the wall. Below is the APC surge protector that I use, which attaches between the power pack and cable.
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On Amazon.com there are quite a few decent options available:
Below are a few good options, although the only one which I’ve used personally is the APC surge protector, pictured above (which you can find on Amazon here).
Targus Mini Mobile Surge Protector
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Simran Universal 3 Outlet Travel Surge Protector With Overload Protection

Belkin Travel Surge Protector With Swivel Plug
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Conclusion

In addition to each of these five security measures, there’s one more: protect it from yourself. In the second article of this series,Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It The first thing you probably want to do when you get that new computer is jump right into using it. But hold on! There are some things that you must do and take care of... Read More  we talked about habits you need to lose. You can take all the proper measures to protect your laptop from things which you’d otherwise have no control over, but you can’t forget about what you do have control over.

Do you take the proper security measures with your laptop? Are there any other techniques or tools that you use to increase the physical security? We’d love for you to share them with the rest of the MakeUseOf community in the comments.

Image Credits: Black notebook bag close-up via Shutterstock, Targus Mini Mobile Surge Protector via Amazon, Simran Universal 3 Outlet Travel Surge Protector With Overload Protection via Amazon, Belkin Travel Surge Protector With Swivel Plug via Amazon

  1. dragonmouth
    March 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    If you really want to protect your laptop use a hard shell (metal or plastic), foam-filled case. Sleeves are just a step above tissue paper in their ability to protect a laptop.

  2. SaapeXD MoHods
    March 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Good Advice! and here I am planning to buy a laptop sooner or later! XD

  3. Shweta Parmar
    March 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I am using one and always face security problems mostly related to care of it. I am very careless person and therefore twice i lost my screen and now i will follow your step too take care of it.
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