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Protect Your Computer From Theft

There have been several thefts of computers on campus. Don't let this happen to you. Use common sense, a lock, and save yourself the cost of a new computer. Read on for suggestions.

Small computers like laptops and MacMini's are easy to steal. Luckily, there are ways to minimize this threat, and they're fairly easy to implement.

  • Use a computer lock at your computer's "home base." Laptops and MacMini's have small oval lock ports that accommodate specially designed computer locks. The locks can be removed when you want to bring your computer somewhere else. These locks don't cost very much, and can save you a bundle.
  • If you have a computer lock, don't leave the key somewhere obvious, such as your pencil drawer.
  • Don't leave your office door open or unlocked, even when you're leaving it for just a few minutes.
  • Don't leave your laptop lying in a public space (for instance, the library), even just to go get a snack or use the restroom. If you don't bring the computer with you when you take a break from studying, use a computer lock, and find a secure place to chain it.
  • If your computer does get stolen, report it to Public Safety immediately. There are ways to track stolen computers, and it's best to get started right away.

If you have a Hampshire-owned computer that you think should be locked down, contact the IT help desk.


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Information Technology
Harold F. Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.5419

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