How to keep your laptop from being stolen

ZD Net’s Robert Vamosi writes This week I’ll be in Las Vegas, attending Black Hat Briefings USA 2004, the annual security professionals conference, immediately followed by DefCon 12, the annual security script kiddies conference. Of course, I’ll be packing a laptop. While the 2004 Computer Security Institute/Federal Bureau of Investigation (click here for PDF) computer crime survey showed a drop in reported laptop thefts over the previous year, PSA Insurance Services Limited, an insurance brokerage company, stated that approximately 318,000 laptops were reported stolen last year. So of course, I’m paying attention to the safety of my own laptop–both the hardware and the precious info therein–and this week, I’m offering a few guidelines that should help you keep your laptop safe as well.