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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Hard Disk Encryption Still Preferred Over Lucky Breaks

According to the site perens.com, a laptop thief was nabbed thanks to an on-line backup program.  And, while this is preferable to not recovering a lost laptop, it's not something people should rely on for protecting their data.  I would advocated the use of drive encryption software like AlertBoot, but such data protection would have impeded in the laptop's recovery in this case.

The Story

A laptop was stolen from the backseat of a car.  The twist is that the owner of the laptop used automatic on-line backups to save the contents of his laptop.  However, the thief didn't know this.

The thief took pictures of himself using the built-in camera.  And, he also must have accessed the internet, because those pictures ended up on the on-line backup site.

The pictures were turned over to the police who recognized the thief.  He was promptly arrested.

Memorable, Yes; Dependable, No

Stories where thieves are identified and arrested because they don't know much about technology have surfaced a couple of times over the year.  I remember that a Mac thief was caught late last year because of the remote camera installed on a computer.

And while memorable, let's face it, this is not data security.  Yes, you could (not will, could) possibly get your computer back...but, there's no guarantee that information on that laptop was already sold or used illegally prior to catching the thief.

If you recover your $1,000 laptop, but damages from a data breach cost you $30,000...well, I'd prefer to lose my laptop and keep my personal information safe, thank you very much.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://perens.com/works/articles/Burglar/

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.