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Friday, April 17, 2009

Lost Laptop

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In the age where mobile computing becomes more and more widespread, one thing that comes to mind is that the laptop you bought may one day get stolen in a multitude variety of ways. Search Google with 'stolen laptops' as tag and you find laptops commonly taken from vehicles,homes etc...


A better post on how to

Protect Lost or Stolen Laptop

(http://www.solutionheaven.com/mobile/protect-lost-or-stolen-laptop/)

However, in the event that your laptop is stolen, go to this link:

http://www.ccmostwanted.com/report/serial.htm

Register here and pray that your laptop will come back...About 97% of stolen laptops never get back to their owners....So if you do get back your laptop, buy a lottery.

Some extra info:

(http://www.absolute.com/resources/computer-theft-statistics.asp)

Computer Theft & Recovery Statistics

Business Practices

Seven in 10 government mobile devices are unencrypted.
Government Accountability Office (GAO), IT Security: Federal Agency efforts to encrypt sensitive information are under way, but work remains, June 2008


53% of mobile professionals carry confidential company information on their notebook PCs and, of those, 65% don’t take steps to protect the data.
Dell & Ponemon Institute, Airport Insecurity: the case of lost laptops, June 30, 2008


66% of US employees write down passwords in unsafe places.
IT Facts, 66% of US employees write down passwords in unsafe places, March 21, 2008


34% of the businesses have no tools/procedures in place to detect identity fraud.
Ad-hoc News, Business Owners Have “False Sense of Security’’ When It Comes to Data Breaches, May 27, 2008


85% of privacy and security professionals had at least one reportable breach in the past 12 months.
Deloitte, Enterprise @ Risk: 2007 Privacy & Protection Survey, 2007


63% of privacy and security professionals experienced multiple reportable data breaches – between 6 and 20 breaches – in 2007.
Deloitte, Enterprise @ Risk: 2007 Privacy & Protection Survey, 2007

Data Loss & Costs

66% of breaches involved data the company did not know was on their system.
Verizon, 2008 Data Breach Investigations Report, 2008


The cost of recovering from a single data breach now averages $6.3M - that’s up 31 percent since 2006 and nearly 90 percent since 2005.
Ponemon Institute, U.S. Costs of a Data Breach, November 2007

Computer & Handset Loss & Theft

Laptop theft accounted for 50% of reported security attacks.
CSI, The 12th Annual Computer Crime and Security Survey, 2007


Lost or stolen laptops and mobile devices are the most frequent cause of a data breach, accounting for 49% of data breaches in 2007.
Ponemon Institute, U.S. Costs of a Data Breach, November 2007


12,000 laptops are lost in U.S. airports each week, and two-thirds are never returned.
Dell & Ponemon Institute, Airport Insecurity: the case of lost laptops, June 30, 2008

Recovery Stats

Fastest recovery by Absolute was 47 minutes.
Absolute Software, 2008


Absolute recovers 3 out of 4 missing computers.*
Absolute Software, 2008

Internal Theft

62% of breaches were attributed to significant internal errors.
Verizon, 2008 Data Breach Investigations Report, 2008


The majority of data breaches (61%) originate from internal sources, as a result of enterprises’ inability to enforce their IT policies or due to problems with the policies themselves.
Data Monitor, Mitigating the Risks of Data Loss, August 2007


Hope you learnt something. And here are some must have laptop recovery software. Install before it gets stolen. Adeona from http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/ is an example and also make sure you have a built in webcam for proof of the the person who stole your laptop.They track the ip address and your laptop sends a distress signal when it is online after you report it missing.

You can also buy insurance for your laptop. Some vendors offer them (saw one in acer's website).

Depending on the premium, you can get a replacement if it gets stolen on broken.


That concludes this week's post and thanks for reading

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