You’ve paid a great deal of money for your notebook. How can you protect that investment?

NEVER let the notebook out of your sight. Twenty seconds is enough time for a thief to take your notebook and be out of sight. Whether you are in a lab, study room, library, dorm room, bathroom, or any public place, make sure your notebook is with you. Treat it like it is a large amount of cash!

  • If you must leave your notebook in the car, put it in the trunk. Everyone recognizes a notebook bag/backpack, especially if you have an official McCombs School of Business backpack. Don't leave it in the car where anyone can see it and snatch it. BUT- It's very hot during Texas summers - which can last from April to October. Don't let your notebook components melt in the car. Never leave your notebook in your trunk for long.
  • Carry your notebook in a computer bag/backpack. Sliding the notebook into your purse or regular backpack allows it to bump into books and other objects as well as jostle while you walk. This extra movement can damage the components of your notebook. The sleeve in your backpack helps protect your notebook from damage by your books and outside forces. Also, be sure to carry your network cord and power cord in the same case.
  • Keep food and drink away from your notebook. Even a tiny amount of water can cause enough corrosion to ruin a notebook.
  • Don't use your notebook on your lap, your bed, your pillow, or any soft surface. Fans that help keep your notebook cool are likely on the bottom of the computer. Keeping your notebook on a hard service prevents blocking of the fans.
  • Don't pile books on top of your notebook. The screen is fragile. Keep it from cracking by avoiding putting too much weight on top of your notebook.
  • If you're worried about your notebook screen getting damaged by your notebook keyboard, put a thin piece of felt or other slightly cushioned fabric between your keyboard and screen before closing your notebook.
  • Purchase insurance for your notebook. Add your computer to your renter's insurance or purchase a codicil to your existing insurance policy. Your warranty does not cover loss, theft, or fire damage.