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Data loss is a political hot potato in the UK at the moment. Government agencies have managed to lose personal data in all sorts of imaginative ways. The most recent by a contractor on a memory stick.

I suppose that working in an IT department you are aware of an on going replacement of lost and stolen laptops on a fairly regular basis, and I would think most losses contain information of use to a competitor or criminal.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7575989.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7570611.stm

for details of UK government data mishaps
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65% of 600,000 at $400 dollars a pop = $156,000,000

Wow! No wonder laptop sales are a lucrative market!

Ok lets start a business - the public pay us $100 dollars per anum each for super glue and a tag with our phone number and an id No on - we log it in a database.

Someone finds the laptop phones our number and we recover the kit!

Easy money! BigGrin

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Although I'd suspect that some people actively try and lose their laptops in order to get a new one, maybe they don't look for them too hard...
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I have a "travel" laptop. It's basically a dumb terminal and I can rdp into machines on my home network and into my workstation at work.

So, I could basically fling the thing out the window and not miss a step.

I may lose a document I was working on locally if I had not uploaded it to Skydrive yet, but I try to keep as little on the actual laptop as possible.
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My wife wants a laptop, maybe the next time we're near a major airport, we'll just go up to the counter and say we lost a laptop. Then we can grab one and go home. I might even pick up some unclaimed luggage instead of buying new clothes Hehe
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My wife wants a laptop, maybe the next time we're near a major airport, we'll just go up to the counter and say we lost a laptop. Then we can grab one and go home. I might even pick up some unclaimed luggage instead of buying new clothes Hehe


Not if my company 'Laptops Reunited Inc.' has tagged it you won't! BigGrin

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Call me old-fashioned, but I usually put a tag with my name and phone number on all my bags when I travel. One time I left a carry-on bag on the ground in Dallas (I was REALLY tired at the time) and after realizing my memory lapse I wandered the entired terminal looking for it to no avail. It was found and returned via FedEx to me within a few days.

Of course the bigger issue is data safety. It seems like making ANY effort to secure data would be a big improvement over the total lack of protection that seems to satisfy most business travelers. Any level of Encryption is better than nothing. Unless you're in the CIA and there is an agent following you in order to steal your sensitive government data, the likelihood that an average theif would spend time trying to decrypt your data is pretty minimal.

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I rather like the idea of a dumb terminal, especially from a corporate point of view. At my company, ALL laptops are encrypted and in the event of a loss, we will pay for identity theft insurance for 1 year if any customer information was on the laptop. That is good for the customer but not necessarily good for the corporate bottom line.

Using a virtual structure where nothing is stored locally requires plenty of infrastructure and some up-front costs, but do you want to see your company on the MSN homepage as the latest to let personal information disappear?

I would also venture that if there were personal penalties for corporate employees losing laptops, some of those numbers would come down.

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Can these numbers actually be correct? Your editorial states 10,000 lost each week at the 36 largest airports. That means on average 278 laptops per week, or roughly 40 laptops per day lost at the 36 major airports. As someone who travels a great deal through our country's major airports, I find those numbers questionable. Just sounds a bit too high - but, who knows, maybe so.

In 2005 I purchased a bunch of 1 gig secure fingerprint thumbdrives, and we instituted rules where all company data carried off-site must be on a secure thumbdrive. We require both air travellers and day travellers to adhere to this rule.

These little drives have a fingerprint reader built-in, and you can set and reset whose fingerprint unlocks the drive. So far, the plan has worked well - no drives lost, no laptops lost. We feel more secure and since our business is based on Intellectual property and client data I am hopeful that should something get lost or stolen, it would be unusable.

My only fear remains that someone will get lazy, move data onto a laptop's hard drive, and forget to save it back to the thumbdrive and purge it. So ultimately, its down to people not technology - as with any such endevour.

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