New research from laptop security company Absolute Software has revealed that a third of all British laptop thefts happen at home. This is far higher than any other country around the world.
The study, carried out in conjunction with YouGov, showed that 32% of UK laptop thefts happened in the home, compared to 22% in France, 18% in the US and 17% in both Germany and Canada.
Dave Everitt, General Manager, at Absolute Software commented: “This research will surprise some laptop owners, who often only think about security issues when they are on the move. However, with nearly a third of all laptop thefts in Britain occurring at a residential property, owners need to be extra cautious when leaving devices home alone.”
Thefts from cars accounted for 24 per cent of reports filed in the UK, with public transport coming in third place at 8 per cent. Coffee shops and airports, locations often associated with laptop use, accounted for a comparatively low percentage – just 2 per cent each.
“There is a range of security measures that laptop owners can take, from simply locking their laptop in a secure location to installing software that enables personal files to be remotely deleted, tracked and even recovered. With the amount of sensitive information now being stored on laptops and subsequent identity theft, personal security can not be compromised,” concluded Everitt.
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