A laptop, just like any other computer, is not a toy but rather a very powerful and sophisticated piece of equipment designed and tuned to deliver as much computing power as it can, despite its reduced size and proportions.
With that in mind, remember that it is incredibly easy to misuse it.
This is particularly common amongst programming laptops which are by default more powerful and better suited to long and complicated algorithmic tasks, rather than meaningless domestic daily tasks.
Attributing a proper name to the device
More often than not, the very purpose of the device is marked and signaled by the name or label that it is attributed.
There are a lot of ways you can go about this, from the name that is given to the laptop in question while the operating system was installing to the drive labels that you can create and edit later on as you please.
Regardless of how you want to go about it, it is preferable that you keep a clear and concise label and name, identifying the purpose of the machine.
If anything, this would serve as both a reminder and a sign of warding in case someone decides to use your laptop without your approval.
Installing the right software for the job
As with everything, programming requires different pieces of software.
Pieces of software such as:
- Code editors
- design applications
- batch compilers
- syntax editors
They are all very valuable tools that are used by programmers constantly.
That being said, one of the neater ways in which you can make sure that the laptop in question would not get misused is to keep only the software that was designed for programming use and nothing else, other than the software provided by the operating system by default, of course.
A rather important note to mention here is the fact that the programming software, while it is made to perfectly function on its own, still requires a great deal of attention and planning, so the last thing you want is to be extracted by other things while working on your programming tasks.
Setting up proper encryption
One of the major concerns is the possibility that someone else, either from your friends, family or immediate colleagues can simply pick up your laptop and start using it for their own purposes.
A strong layer of encryption can be a great tool to counter that.
For example, Linux systems give you the option of encrypting the actual hard drive on which the system is installed, along with the system itself, making it impossible to unlock without the right password.
These are all great ways in which to make sure that your development laptop is used for the purpose that it was intended, however do remember that even though you have taken these steps, you will still have to keep a vigilant eye out. There are no actual guarantees that other people might not try to misappropriate the laptop, however at least now you have added protection against it.