Identity theft used to involve someone rifling through your garbage. But now more than half a million laptops—full of tax returns and love letters—are stolen every year, estimates computer insurer Safeware. And even if your computer never leaves your sight, hackers can weasel into it over the Internet. Here are three technologies that will safeguard your digital data, whether it's on an office desktop or a stolen laptop.
Keep Out Hackers
Move bank statements and other vital info off your PC and beyond hackers' reach. Instead, store it on the Personal Pocket Safe, a one-gigabyte USB key fob protected by military-grade encryption. Files are indecipherable until you enter a three- to 10-digit PIN, which could take 10 years of button-pressing to guess. Hackers won't find your files after you unplug, either, since the key holds its own data-viewing program and saves nothing to the PC. It will, however, save files to a secure online back-up service, so you can retrieve them if the key is lost or stolen.
Black Box Innovations Personal Pocket Safe
Soon: Fall 2008
Keep Out Burglars
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Let In The Right People
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