Laptops, loved for their portable nature, are also a popular item to steal for that very reason. One study reports that a laptop is stolen every 12 seconds. Knowing this, there are steps that should be taken before and after the theft has occurred in order to protect your identity.
Once it is determined that your laptop is stolen you should begin taking proactive steps to protect your identity and the potentially confidential information that was contained on your device. This includes changing passwords and usernames as soon as possible. Doing so will hopefully allow you to protect the information before the thief gets to it. In reality, the majority of laptop theft has to do with re-selling the laptop rather than getting at sensitive information. However, the potential is there, the effects of which can be very damaging.
Unfortunately, a stolen laptop may make for awkward but necessary conversation with your boss and employees as well as clients. Notifying anyone and everyone of the theft will not only serve to expedite the process of retrieving and saving information but a client has a right to know that their confidential information may be seen by those outside the circle of trust and also give them a chance to engage in protective measures such as changing passwords if necessary.
Finally, backing up data on a regular basis as well as purchasing a computer tracking system are both excellent options that will help lessen the blow of a stolen laptop as well as help to potentially find the item.