Laptop safesand car safes are fast becoming a necessity in the fight to protect against identity theft. Recent studies show that even though consumers are becoming more aware of how to protect themselves from online identity theft and fraud, offline theft is still the biggest source of data and personal information loss in America. Anywhere from 600,000 to 1.5 million laptops are stolen or lost each year in the United States, according to law enforcement and private estimates. The FBI reports that 97% of these stolen laptops are never recovered. This isn't just limited to laptop computers either. Other technologies such as phones and tablets are also frequently stolen which have personal information on them.
Here are some ways to protect your laptop, phone or tablet against theft or loss:
- Don't leave them out in plain sight. Leaving them out in plain sight increases your chances of it being stolen.
- Lock them in a laptop safe or car safe when you are away.
- Make sure they are password-protected so that even if they are stolen, the thief cannot gain access to your personal information.
Car safes and laptop safes can offer invaluable security to help prevent the theft of this personal information. These safes are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs and most are constructed of heavy gauge steel. There are even some that can hold up to a 17" laptop. Some can be bolted to floors and come with additional options such as a steel cable. This cable can be attached to spare wheel brackets, seat brackets or if used in a room such as a dorm room, attached to structural components. Utilizing these cable attachments can make it very easy to transfer the car safe from one vehicle to another, or from home to the office, without having to remove bolts.
Electronic combination locks can eliminate the need to have to carry around additional keys. With identity theft growing at alarming rates, locking your laptop in a laptop safe is one of the best methods to protect your personal information. If you need help choosing a laptop safe for your needs, please feel free to call one of our safe experts at 800-207-2259 today!