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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Physical Lockdown

The physical theft of mobile computers is a pretty big problem, with around 400,000 laptops a year stolen in the United States.

Like other kinds of computer crimes and security breaches, in a great many physical mobile computer thefts insiders are responsible. Typical insiders include employees, temporary workers, and contractors.

The moral is to be leery about leaving your laptop lying around, either in the office or when you are traveling. This sounds like pretty obvious advice, but what if you just don't want to lug it around with you—for example, to go on a bathroom break during a convention?

A common and relatively inexpensive security device to deal with this kind of situation is the cable lock. The manufacturer of the ...

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