Be careful out there!

Published February 1, 2016

If you had $1,000 in cash, would you wave it around as you walked around town?

Of course not; you could drop it, lose it, or someone could snatch it out of your hands.

Keep all this in mind as you walk around with your phone, laptop and other electronic devices. These gizmos cost a few to several hundred dollars each. And the data inside of them – your emails, bank balances, apps and photos – are priceless.

So be careful out there. To help you do that, follow these safety tips courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General’s office:

  • Don’t leave devices in a vehicle. If you must, put them in the trunk or hide them under a seat where they cannot be seen from outside the vehicle.
  • Create a password that restricts access to your device. 
  • If possible, carry your laptop in a backpack, briefcase, or tote bag so it’s not so obvious you are carrying electronics. 
  • Lock your device when you’re not using it. Anchor it to something stationary with a cable lock. 
  • Never leave your device unattended in a public place, even a meeting room.
  • Consider buying and installing an alarm.
  • Write down and save the make, model and serial number of your device.
  • Install and update anti-theft software on your device. 

Above all, be aware. You’d keep an eye on your cash; you need to keep an eye on your investment.