Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 12

The best advice comes from our friends in Washington, D.C. (Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for  Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology):

Treat your laptop like cash!

See a list of practical tips on securing your laptop at http://www.onguardonline.gov/laptop

Bungee Virtual Lost + Found (http://bungeetags.com/) is a new product to help recover lost valuables.  It promises to allow you to "anonymously mark your property and link it to your cell phone (and email)."

If you have a "dead drop" phone number or e-mail address that you're willing to make public, you can mark your items with that information in hopes that an honest finder will use it to contact you.  It may also help to identify an item as yours that appears identical to many others.

In either case, be aware that the finder could be a criminal using the return of the item to identify you, your home, your car, etc.  Meet the finder only in an open, safe, public, and monitored location (for example, the SHU security office) to recover the item.

When property is found at the library, we may attempt to contact you (if there is identification on the item) and hold it briefly.  High-value items (wallets, laptops, etc.) are turned over to Campus Security.

 

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