Laptop security for students, faculty, and other members of the University community is of great concern to the University. To assist you, Information Technology Services (ITS) has developed recommendations to help you protect your property. We suggest that you implement all or several of them to keep your work and computer safe from theft.

  • Treat your laptop as you would other portable valuables, like wallets, purses, backpacks, etc. Don't leave your laptop unattended. This is the best and most reliable way to avoid theft.
  • Consider obtaining insurance. Theft is usually part of renter's or homeowner's insurance. Check with your agent to make sure that your replacement cost will be covered. If you purchased the laptop with a credit card, you might want to check to see if the credit card policy covers it for theft or damage.
  • Remember to immediately back up your work, either in a flash drive, on Google, or even email it to yourself. Thus, your work, including a paper, your notes, etc., are not lost in the event of a theft or damage.

We hope that you find these suggestions useful and that they keep your laptop safe. For more information on the University's policies on computer and information security, please see the ITS Handbook.

If you have any questions, comments, or additional suggestions that will assist all of us, please contact ITS at


Students may also want to consider purchasing personal property insurance. Many policies will cover laptops, cell phones, textbooks, and other personal items against accidential loss or damage. To learn more, please see