For Seniors: Lock Up Your Laptop and Prevent Theft
To prevent your laptop from being stolen, you can literally lock it in place as you might lock a bicycle to a pole. Locking your laptop can prevent thieves from walking off with it when you have to leave it alone for a few moments — perhaps in a cubicle in a branch office or a table at an Internet café.
First, purchase a laptop lock. Then, whenever you have to leave your laptop in an insecure place, clip the lock to your laptop (usually on the back or side, in a spot identified by a lock icon) and wrap it around a table or desk leg to secure the laptop.
This process is similar to the process of locking a bicycle to keep it safe as you wander into a store or gym. However, you shouldn't count on a laptop lock to keep your laptop safe during a lengthy absence, since they can be circumvented. But for a short period of time in a non-high-risk area, they can be useful.
Locks are relatively cheap, from about $5 to $30 or so. They’re also usually pretty easy to tuck into a laptop case without adding much bulk.