American novelist and poet Don Williams Jr. once remarked, “despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness." A sentiment most anyone painfully understands once they've become the victim of tech theft in or outside the home. Computer security is often thought of as merely a software issue, with focus primarily spent upon preventing hackers and other scoundrels from stealing vital information. But significantly more important (yet often an ignored aspect of computer security) is asset control: keeping your computer devices safely secured from actually being physically lifted.
Locking a computer up can be as simple as a ready-made computer lock or as complex as sealing them inside vaults. The safest approach is to take precautionary measures which anticipate your computer may be targeted for theft when opportunity allows. I carry a computer lock in my messenger bag and deploy it anytime I will be removing my hand from my laptop for more than a minute; better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to easy to snatch portable computers.
Analyzing and securing the physical security of your valuables, especially tech items, can be a fairly simple process. Utilizing physical security devices can be the difference between a thief leaving with your valuables/valuable information or making it difficult enough to deter would-be thieves from completing the crime. Below are recommendations for products which offer solid security, alongside a couple to avoid:
Poor Locking Solutions: These are not worth the money, providing insufficient security features.
Additional Resources: These websites provide background and additional information about physical computer security.