Event: Laptop Tagging and Registration, May 6th

Come next week to Lobby 10 to register and tag your laptop. This is the last opportunity to do so this semester!

Where: Lobby of Building 10
When: Wed., May 6th, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

How to pay: $10 cash (no cards) or MIT Cost Object

Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Systems & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Capt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

Read recovery stories here of laptops with STOP tags.

Laptop tagging and registration takes a break during the summer and we will post the next laptop tagging session when available. Laptop registration at MIT.

EVENT: Laptop Tagging and Registration, April 1st

This week there is an opportunity to register and tag your laptop. 

Where: Lobby of Building 10

When: Wed., April 1st, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Cost: $10 cash (no cards) or MIT Cost Object

Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Systems & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Capt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

Read recovery stories here of laptops with STOP tags.

Learn more about laptop registration at MIT. The next laptop tagging session is on May 6th, 2015.

Risks to Information When Traveling

This recent NY Times article outlines the ways your data can fall into the hands of snoops and thieves if you’re not careful when traveling. The tips the article lists include some great security best practices.

1. Take only what you need. If you can, take a loaner laptop or one that contains only what you need for the trip and nothing more. Alternatively, if you must take sensitive data, carry it on a memory stick.

2. Use encryption. Encryption can be added to MIT laptops, mobile devices and memory sticks. To learn more about how to use and enable encryption, see: http://ist.mit.edu/encryption

3. Install a virtual private network (VPN). The VPN that MIT provides gives users an encrypted network connection, even when accessing the Internet via public or open wifi (such as at a hotel or cafe). This prevents anyone on the same public wifi from accessing your communications. Install the VPN client from the IS&T website: http://ist.mit.edu/vpn

4. Protect using a password. If you must take a phone, laptop or tablet with you on your trip, make sure it has a code or password on it. Some smartphones now have fingerprint sensors for locking/unlocking. Choose a strong password for your laptops (learn how). Create strong passwords for the mobile apps or websites you use for accessing sensitive information, and don’t leave passwords written down and stored near the devices you use them for.

5. Use layered protection. This means, for example, having extra copies of files safely stored elsewhere (not on your computer’s hard drive), or having your files backed up within the cloud. MIT offers CrashPlan, the new backup service that replaces TSM. Mobile devices can also use CrashPlan via CrashPlan apps.

Note: while having files in Dropbox can be convenient for sharing files with other colleagues, if you have installed Dropbox on your computer, the files are accessible to a thief who has stolen your computer. A recommendation would be to remove the DropBox folder from the computer prior to traveling and to access your Dropbox files via the Dropbox website. On mobile devices, the folder can be password protected within the Dropbox app. See these security tips for Dropbox users.

Find more tips for MIT Travelers in this KB article.

A Scam-Free Vacation

A lost ID card, using unknown wireless connections, stolen smartphone, skimmers, or laptop theft can ruin that glow you acquired while you were away. You don’t want to have to deal with identity theft or lost devices. These tips from the FTC provide some peace of mind for vacationers.

Laptop Tagging & Registration Today

Where: In Stata, student street
When: Tuesday, June 17 (today) from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $10 cash (no cards) or MIT Cash Object

Bring your laptop to Stata today to get it tagged and registered. Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Systems & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

Read laptop recovery stories here.

Learn more about laptop registration at MIT.

EVENT: Laptop Tagging and Registration on Wed. 5/7

This Wednesday, there is an opportunity to register and tag your laptop.

Where: Lobby of Building 10
When: Wed., May 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $10 cash (no cards) or MIT Cash Object

Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Systems & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

Read laptop recovery stories here.

Learn more about laptop registration at MIT.

Event: Laptop Tagging and Registration, 4/2/14

This Wednesday, there is an opportunity to register and tag your laptop.

Where: Lobby of Building 10

When: Wed., April 2, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $10 cash (no cards) or MIT Cash Object

Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Systems & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

Read laptop recovery stories here.

Learn more about laptop registration at MIT.