Quick Tip: Ditch the Laptop Bag

Stand on a crowded train platform in any major city and you won’t have much trouble spotting the people carrying laptops.  The giveaway is usually their bag: bags made by companies who only produce laptop bags and computer accessories; backpacks emblazoned with computer brand names or logos; over-sized designer handbags with laptops or expensive tablets clearly protruding.

Unfortunately, these conspicuous containers are beacons for thieves, declaring that the owner has something worth stealing.  Given that a recent study by the Ponemon Institute has put the average value of a single stolen or lost laptop at as much as $49,246, it’s worth investing a few dollars to make your technology a bit less attractive to would-be thieves.

The easy solution: use a sleeve.  Protective sleeves (available for both laptops and tablets) are relatively inexpensive form-fitting containers designed to provide basic protection against bumps and scrapes.  With the protection afforded by the sleeve, the laptop can then be carried in any inconspicuous bag or backpack that you like.

Some popular protective sleeve manufacturers include:


(Pictured: Tom Bihn Cache sleeve.)

About Joshua Poje

Joshua Poje (@poje) is the Director of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center, where he provides technology and practice management guidance to attorneys throughout the country. He is the editor of the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report and a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology topics. Follow him on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+

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