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    Exclamation Protect your PC or laptop with a USB Flash Drive

    This is an innovative means of protecting your PC or laptop simply by removing a USB Flash Drive from a dedicated port.

    The application is called Predator and can be used to protect severals machines with just one USB stick. It can also be configured to take a snapshot of a thief to be uploaded to an email address if the worst happens and the machine is stolen.

    The application is free for home use, details and download link here: Protect your PC or laptop with Predator

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    Sounds good if one operates in a medium threat environment, or for compliance purposes.

    However, you must also take steps to secure the data held on a machine under threat. Locking a machine with this kind of device is worthwhile, but as described on their website in the 8 Steps to Protect your PC securing the data on the hard drive is a critical pre-requisite to ensure security.

    TrueCrypt can encrypt the hard drive so that your data remains secured no matter what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinto Tech View Post
    Sounds good if one operates in a medium threat environment, or for compliance purposes.

    However, you must also take steps to secure the data held on a machine under threat. Locking a machine with this kind of device is worthwhile, but as described on their website in the 8 Steps to Protect your PC securing the data on the hard drive is a critical pre-requisite to ensure security.

    TrueCrypt can encrypt the hard drive so that your data remains secured no matter what.
    Yes, I know Truecrypt and as you mentioned, securing the data is an important step. But without the Predator USB drive inserted, the machine will be inaccessible.

    Of course, if the thief is merely after the drive's contents, then he can simply remove the HD and that's where Truecrypt will play a role. But most thieves steal to resell the equipment and locking the system in this way makes life difficult for them especially if their mugshot gets taken in the process.

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