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Ever had a laptop stolen at an airport?

Surprise, you’re not alone.

According to an article in the New York Times, approximately 12,000 laptops are stolen per week from airports around the world.  Each week.

There are some things you can do. Consider using a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag that lets you lay out your laptop bag on the security screening conveyor belt instead of removing it from the bag. Never place your laptop as the first of your items on the conveyor belt. By the time you’ve finished laying your plastic bin (with your shoes), your empty laptop bag, your purse, your carry-on bag, that laptop can be long gone. If you run the laptop in last, make sure you see it through as it enters the draped section of the X-ray machine so no one else will grab it back out on the other end.

Finally, if the worst happens and your laptop is stolen, what do you do? What if your flight leaves in half an hour; do you have time to file a police report?

According to the article in the New York Times, what you might want to do is buy some “spyware.” No, not the programs that sneak into your computer and steal your info, but programs you can turn on remotely, and which snoops around to find out information about your laptop’s thief! Different programs do different things, but they include things like record the IP addresses the thief uses to get on the Internet, take screenshots of various activity, and even remotely turn on your laptop’s webcam to take snapshots of the unwary burglar!

Read all about it in the article, found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/technology/personaltech/17basics.html.