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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.

Data Encryption Software: Record Producer Ryan Leslie Offering $20,000 For Stolen Laptop (Updated: It's now $ 1 Million)

Ryan Leslie is offering a big reward for the return of his laptop.  His MacBook was stolen while he was in Germany.  The device had a lot of information that would have merited the use of disk encryption software like AlertBoot.

$20,000 Reward for the Return of the Laptop, Car Broken Into

(Update: The offer has now been upped to $1 million.  Plus, Leslie has admitted that he should've remembered to back up his data) 

Leslie's laptop was stolen from a car outside of a nightclub.  He claims that it had "so many amazing music & visual projects" that the $20,000 reward is nothing in comparison.

Beside his music, he also had "rare concert footage as well as [his] personal information."  You could say that his entire life was in it.  The reward amount is unheard of--I've never seen such a big figure for the return of a laptop--so I'm wondering whether he even had backups of his material.

If not, it certainly would have meant certain disaster: this guy is a globetrotter if I've ever seen one, and logic dictates that they'd have more problems than most with lost or stolen equipment.  I mean, the more you're on the move, the greater the chances of losing stuff.  It's like a universal law of some sort.

On the other hand, it's quite clear that Leslie couldn't possibly have backups of everything that he does, as he seems to work while on the move.

Backups and Encryption Software

Hindsight is 20/20, so I'll keep it short and just mention that Leslie ought to have backed up his laptop and used encryption.  The backups make sense.  But why encryption?

Most artists, at least the ones I know of, hate to have their projects released prematurely to the public, for financial, artistic, and other reasons.  I mean, the general round of condemnation by the artists when soon-to-released music gets leaked to P2P networks ought to clue one in.

The use of laptop encryption ensures that there is no such leak if a laptop computer is stolen.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.theboombox.com/2010/10/26/ryan-leslie-offers-20k-reward-for-stolen-laptop/
http://hiphopwired.com/2010/10/26/ryan-leslie-offers-20000-reward-for-return-of-stolen-laptop-2222/

 
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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.