Chapter 18. Protecting Your Notebook

The portability that makes notebook PCs so attractive to individuals and businesses also makes them attractive to criminals. Because of their small size and high value, notebooks have become a prime target for thieves around the world.

Even with retail prices dropping, a notebook PC still represents a decent haul for an enterprising thief. A purloined notebook can be fenced or pawned for about half of its market value—not a bad return for quick snatch.

It gets worse, however. Some thieves aren’t after the hardware, but rather the data stored on a stolen notebook. Most notebooks, especially those used in business, contain a raft of useful information. Bank account and credit card numbers, passwords, and the ...

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