At IU, what should I do if my computer or other device is stolen?

If your laptop or desktop computer, smartphone, or other device is stolen:

  • Contact the police department immediately to report the crime. If it was stolen on an Indiana University campus, call your campus police department.
  • Once you receive a case number, contact the university Information Security Office at it-incident@iu.edu or 812-855-UIPO (8476), and provide them:
    • Your IU username and contact information
    • The police department and case number
    • Location where you believe the device was stolen
    • Approximate time and date of the theft
    • Last location and approximate time you used the device on the IU network
    • A description of the device, including its physical (MAC) address, if possible

    If your device contains sensitive data or restricted institutional data, you must immediately notify the University Information Security Office; see Reporting Suspected Sensitive Data Exposures.

Beyond contacting the authorities, you have other options that may help in securing your device or data. Contact your campus Support Center for guidance on these options:

  • Locate your device: If your missing device is GPS-enabled, some apps and services (e.g., Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac or Android Device Manager) may be able to locate it. These services are not foolproof, but may help the authorities recover your property.
  • Wipe your device remotely: You might be able to wipe your device remotely if you have registered with the manufacturer's cloud services, or use IU's Exchange service. Consult support for your device, or see In Outlook Web App, how can I manage my Exchange ActiveSync device?
    Note:
    Remote wiping via IU's Exchange service requires that the service can communicate with your device. Therefore, do not change your IU passphrase until the remote wipe is complete. For assistance, contact your campus Support Center.
  • Change your passphrase: To prevent access to your IU email and other personal data, change your IU passphrase as soon as possible.

For more, see Tips for staying safe online and How can I protect data on my mobile device?

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Last modified on 2013-10-28 00:00:00.

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