Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Recent research and the threat of lawsuits should spur initiatives to equip laptop computers with GPS

Laptop theft is on the rise, and the research into mobile computing security reveals findings that are daunting and irrefutable: Laptop computers stand to be stolen in large numbers over the next few years, and the associated costs, including lawsuits, threaten to be a major source of frustration.

According to legal experts whose article appeared on Tech News World in mid-December of last year, California Senate Bill 1386, passed into law in July 2003 and now emulated in about 30 states, provides consumers and employees, under some circumstances, the legal basis to sue companies that have suffered data breaches. On Nov. 27 of last year Investor's Business Daily reported research from Kahn Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in the legal, compliance, and policy issues of information technology: Only 35 percent of the 80 percent of companies that equip their workers with wireless devices secure the machines.

Also cited in the Investor's Business Daily article was research from IDC, a firm headquartered in Framingham, Mass. IDC predicted that the number of mobile workers will increase by 30 percent by the year 2009, and that these added workers will see, rising along with them, the security threat to mobile computers.

Symantec has found that a laptop computer is stolen every 53 seconds, and that 97 percent of these machines lost to theft are never recovered. And research from Gartner Group has revealed that the financial price tag of laptop computer theft can exceed $6,000 for even just one machine.

I predict that more and more organizations will come to the logical conclusion: Turn to simple, effective, countermeasures such as GPS tracking and encryption technologies.

Anyone who loses a laptop computer wishes their machine had the functionalities MyLaptopGPS provides. Rather than deal with the thousands of dollars and pure headaches that come with lost mobile computing devices, smart organizations are looking at companies such as MyLaptopGPS, which offers GPS tracking and encryption technology as security for mobile computers. Internet-based GPS, the technology MyLaptopGPS™ uses, is more affordable and user-friendly than other types of GPS tracking and effectively tracks lost machines. MyLaptopGPS not only tracks lost laptops with Internet-based GPS, but also installs software that encrypts and silently removes and retrieves files from the machines—at once returning the data to its rightful owner and deleting it on the stolen computer. Users can invoke MyLaptopGPS’s functions remotely.

Peace of mind is hard to come by. For a fraction of the cost of a lost laptop computer, GPS and other technologies provide an all-encompassing solution to laptop theft so that even if your computer is stolen, it won't matter.

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