Secure Computing

Physical security

Portable devices such as laptops are particularly vulnerable to theft, loss, and resale, and should be properly secured with a lock. Most laptops and desktop computers have built-in slots made to connect with a cable lock. These locks are available at most computer stores.

The general recommendations for physical security are the same for all devices, particularly smaller devices like laptops, hard disks, smartphones, music players, and flash drives:

Secure the locations of mobile devices as well, and remember access control procedures:

Security Recommendation Matrix

Requiring minimum security
(no secure data stored locally)
Requiring most security (ePHI, HIPAA, single source, financial data, confidential info)
Laptops docked (home and office only)
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • Security cable
  • Locking screen saver
Laptops docked (home and office only)
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • Security cable
  • Locking screen saver
  • Backup service
  • Computrace
Laptops mobile (always on the move)
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • Security cable
  • Locking screen saver
  • BIOS level password
Laptops mobile (always on the move)
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • Security cable
  • Locking screen saver
  • Backup service
  • Computrace
  • Password organizer
PDA and smart phones
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • BIOS level password
PDA and smart phones
  • S.T.O.P. Program
  • BIOS level password
  • Password protection w/data destroy options

Lost/stolen electronic media or computing device

If you need to report lost or stolen electronic media or a computing device please complete our lost/stolen device form and send it to information.security@yale.edu.