Students: Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Technology Safe At University

by Corinne Webb | Oct 09, 2017
Four people taking a picture on a mobile phone

Students today have enough financial worries without having to replace lost or stolen gadgets. Here are our expert tips for protecting your technology while you’re away studying.
 
1. Mark it. Buy a UV pen to mark your gadgets - it can't be seen by the naked eye and, if stolen, it helps police find the rightful owner.  

2. Register it. Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com, a free UK national property register. This can help police trace your property if it is stolen - and hopefully return it to you. 

3. Lock it. Top-of-the-range smartphones offer fingerprint ID, and Samsung has a phone that uses iris recognition to unlock itself. If yours doesn’t boast biometric tech, you can at least set up a passcode. Although it won’t make your handset impenetrable, it does add an extra layer of protection, and may buy you extra time to block your phone with your network before a thief can make unauthorised calls. 

4. Clever apps. The Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager apps on your handset allow you to remotely erase your personal data if it falls into the wrong hands, and track your device too. They can be set up in minutes. 

5. Standalone cover. For students we offer up to 15% student discount* on our Gadget Insurance. The policy covers you for theft, accidental damage and loss worldwide**. It can be good if you don’t want to pay for unrequired insurances bundled into your bank account offering. As with any insurance policy always read the terms and conditions to make sure it’s right for you. 

6. Beware home cover. While you may be able to piggybag on your parents’ home contents insurance policy as some offer a certain amount of protection for family members away from home, always check the policy details to make sure you have the cover you require. There may be single item value limits that may not cover high end mobiles or laptops. If you make a claim, the excess may be higher than a standalone policy, and it could affect your parents’ no claims bonus, which could bump up their future premiums. 

7. Keep it locked. Student households are typically gadget-rich and occasionally lax on security, so are a prime target for burglars. Keep your doors and windows locked when you’re not in your room, and hide valuable items out of sight – including car keys. Never leave a note on your door announcing that you’re away. And don’t put your name or room number on your key ring.

8. Take precautions. Invest in a Kensington lock, designed specifically for laptops. And don’t forget to back up your work and digital downloads regularly. It might be worth buying a cheap safe to store valuables in your room.
 
9. Use your warranty. Most manufacturers will give you at least a year’s warranty for free. Keep the receipt safe and if there’s any sort of problem, return it before the warranty is up.
 
10. Don’t take risks. And finally, if you’re planning a big night out, leave your gadgets at home. There’s less chance of leaving them in a club – or having them nicked – after you’ve had a couple of drinks.
 
*Discount does not apply to Household Gadget Product
**Policy terms, conditions and excesses apply.

 

 

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