Laptop theft security
This article is about one of the
most important laptop security problem - laptop theft. If somebody
stole your notebook you lose not only the laptop but the
confidentional information. Don't save your money for security
software such as QuickWiper.
One can recover your sensitive data
with some file recovery utility. Try to do it yourself and you will
find out why you have to use file shredders.
thefts put the wind up the US
Pentagon officials got something of a fright when a Ministry of
Defence laptops was stolen last May.
The Guardian has obtained a ministerial letter in which the British
government responded to a complaint from the US about security
procedures in Britain.
In it, the government gave assurances that security in the UK would be
The paper quotes sections of the letter, from Baroness Symons,
minister for defence procurement, to her opposite number in the
Pentagon. In it, she promises that she had "made sure that your
concerns on the joint strike fighter laptop incident are acted
The notebook computer was stolen from a luggage rack on a train in
Paddington Station, and contained details of a collaborative project
to develop a swanky new fighter jet between governments of the US and
It was taken by an opportunistic thief, the government said at the
time, and surfaced when the fence it had been sold to tried to sell
the contents of the hard drive to the tabloid press.
In response to the complaint from the US, government employees were
told to carry laptops less conspicuously when traveling on public
The theft in May was one of a string of incidents of government
employees losing laptops containing sensitive information last spring.
The most memorable was the case of the secret services employee who
left his notebook in a cab, after going out on the piss.