Posted by: snukoantitheft | November 18, 2010

Laptop Theft on the Rise at Airports

Laptops at airports have a tendency to disappear in the blink of an eye. Reports say that around 637,000 laptops are lost each year at U.S. airports. The most likely place for losing these mobile devices is at security checkpoints. Perhaps the biggest reason behind this can be the fact that a lot of confusion is caused during security checks, which makes it very easy for travellers to lose track of their belongings.

So, if you are a regular traveller, it is important that you install an anti theft system in your laptop. This will prevent it from getting stolen. The problem of losing laptops is prevalent not only in North America but also in many parts of Europe. All the airports around there claim to end up housing hundreds of these stolen and lost laptops every week. What is all the more disturbing is that around 57 per cent of these lost devices go unclaimed for.

Of course, it might be easy to replace a lost mobile device. What cannot be replaced is the data that has been lost along with it. The information that a laptop holds is sometimes more important than the device itself. Many a times, it gets really difficult to get back this important data. Also, things can get worse if all this confidential data is found by an unauthorized user. Business travellers should enforce anti theft measures, because their devices contain more sensitive information that has to be protected from competitors. According to a study carried out by Dell, these business travellers lose more than 12,000 laptops at U.S. airports alone.

As a step towards enforcing theft prevention measures, it is always advisable to label laptops. It is also recommended to provide all the necessary contact information so that, if found, the airport personnel can reach you quickly. Another effective measure is to protect sensitive information by using encryption techniques.

You could also install theft prevention software in your device. One such software that protects laptops is Snuko. It allows you to keep a track of your laptop even after it gets stolen. Not only that, it also tells you what an unauthorized user has been trying to do with your device by taking multiple snapshots. Likewise, this software is also capable of telling you where the laptop is located at a precise moment within 10 to 20 meters. This enables the authorities to recover your device.

The problem is that travellers lack confidence of getting back laptops that have been lost at airports. Many of them are even ashamed of reporting the loss of laptops because they know they have not only left them in places where they shouldn’t have but also have not taken any anti theft precaution.

 

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