This tip is one of several ways to prevent computer theft that you can use for your small business. Preventing your computers, as well as your other data storage devices and documents, from being stolen is the foundation of solid cyber security.

Using locked cabinets and document safes (recommended) to decrease the possibility of data theft. This meant that placing your laptops, USB drives, remove-able hard drives, or other sensitive/important paper or digital documents in a lockable container (that is fire and water resistant preferably) might prevent it from getting stolen.

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It sounds simple. Locking a cabinet that is filled with business equipment? Having a safe and using it? Yet there are many businesses we’ve worked with or belonged to that simply do not follow this simple rule. Lock away your stuff! It’s a deterrent and can be a potential time waster for a cyber criminal. You don’t want to tempt a cyber-criminal during or after work hours with an easy target. Thieves can make off with plenty of unsecured loot from small businesses all the time, and you want them to avoid yours.

Is this inconvenient? In some cases that extra 5 to 30 or so seconds to lock something up might be to some people. But it could stop a world of hurt, and that’s what we’re here to help you prevent.

Consider getting a document safe if possible (a fire and water resistant one that can fit your laptops if you have one), or at the least, lockable desks or cabinets for everyone that needs one. That way, you have a reasonably safe place to put your sensitive data after you’re done using or working with it. One safe per office or employee or just a centralized big safe might work (if you have the policies written to support it).

Don’t have lockable file cabinets or desks? You can elegantly install (or have someone else install) a “hasp” on them; examples shown above. Then use a good conventional lock on them that can be opened with a key or combo.

If you do have laptops for your business, use docks (proprietary or USB-3) that you can buy for them, also known as port replicators. That way you can, without any hassle, take the laptop off the dock and throw it in a lockable cabinet, desk, or safe.

We use these types of affordable safes, but this article talks about secure storage containers that are made for data storage media and devices.

Another thing to add to your policies might be to not leave any sensitive data out on their desk when they are not at their desk and when they leave for they day- lock the sensitive data and paperwork up! Again, no easy targets! This is one simple way for you to help prevent computer theft.

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