Laptop Securtiy (physical)

I use to stay in hotels so much due to travelling purposes and i always use to carry personal laptop laptop with me which i use to left in hotel after reaching client place.

i always use to thought about my laptop while at work whether it is secure or not.

can someone please tell me any way that i can secure my laptop if someone touch it the i will get SMS on my cell phone whether it is connected to internet or not connected to internet.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Depends on what exactly you want from security. Do you want to protect yourself against theft or viruses?
Or do you want to protect the data?
The laptop in your case must have encrypted drive. So that the thief could not use it for bad purposes. Without your password he will not be able to get to your data on a HDD.
There are tools for this like BitLocker, TruCrypt etc.
You must have also Antivirus installed which protects you when you are connected to Internet.
As for the service which sends an automatic SMS when your laptop connects to Internet - what do you need it for? If the laptop is stolen and thief manages someone to decrypt the drive - then he will definitely know how to deactivate your SMS service.
ELS ELSAuthor Commented:
thanks for your reply, you have given answer on higher level.

i am only concerned with physical security nothing else and i am concerned only by house keeping staff or hotel staff nothing else.

that why i am looking for solution which send me sms if someone touch my laptop nothing else.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Most of the hotel rooms I stay in have small safes, and I keep my laptop in the hotel safe to ensure it is not stolen.

I have good Antivirus and I often use my own internet which I carry with me.

Other than that, I use normal care and common sense about the use and safety of my laptop.
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ELS ELSAuthor Commented:
if small safe will not be available then what will you do?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You have limited options.

1. A Kensington lock is not available on all laptops and not much opportunity for secure locking in a hotel room. I do not do this.

2. Hide the laptop. Put it in your suitcase between clothes. Most cleaners do not open your suitcase (I have not seen this happen in my travels).

3. Take it with me. This is my preferred option. I like keeping my laptop by my side.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Then you cannot protect it from being stolen. Concentrate on protecting the data on it.
Think about the fact that a chance that your laptop is going to be stolen - even from a safe is identical to a chance that your laptop burns out.
If you are using a Macbook tool then it has a service running on it which shows you if the laptop is online and its location. But only if it is connected to Internet.
For Windows based machine you can configure this:

But as I mentioned already - your MUST HAVE #1 is - drive encryption.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree about data security, but I have also travelled a lot and half way around the world, used good common sense and never lost my laptop.
Give the laptop a BIOS and HD password (both done in the BIOS), which asks you for the password whenever you turn it on. That way no one can boot it up without knowing the password. Without being able to boot, no one will be able to connect it to the internet.

This also protects against data theft, as these passwords are secure and can't be cracked except by guessing the correct password. Business class laptops and also most laptops for home use, would require you to give the manufacturer proof of ownership to get help to remove such passwords.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Looks like the asker is not concerned about data security. Mostly the physical device security.
The question should have been asked like:
where should I hide my laptop in a hotel room so that nobody steals it?
At least the accepted answer points to this suggestion.
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