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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

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Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 14, 2006 / 18 Tamuz, 5766

Keeping your Notebook Secure

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | EPHESUS, TURKEY — The azure waters of the Aegean Sea lap against the shore, 11 stories below my room. A gentle breeze wafts in through the balcony door. The staff at the Suermeli Resort Hotel seem friendly and cheerful. Why should I have any cares on my mind?


Well, I have a computer with me, that's why. And since it's not only a portable, but a borrowed one at that, I want to make sure that it returns home with me, so that I can return it to its owner, Apple Computer.


As was demonstrated by the theft (and later recovery) of a Hewlett-Packard notebook computer owned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, keeping your notebook safe is more than a trivial matter. Beyond the not-always-insignificant cost of replacing hardware, the truly valuable part of any computer is its data: work that can't be easily replaced, or even confidential items that shouldn't be in general circulation.


How then to provide physical security? It begins with awareness. It's easy to misplace or forget many things, and computers are among them. Always keep in mind that you have something of value with you. For me, that generally involves keeping the computer with me — which is something I should do at the conference I'm attending in any case. At the meetings, I keep it in a small case along with other essential items, and that enables me to be focused on its location.


At the same time, a small package is a tempting target. A portable alarm, such as the Targus DEFCON-1 Ultra Notebook Computer Security System, $39.95 at http://www.targus.com and other retailers, is a good on-the-go solution; the motion-sensitive device will sound when the device's security cable is severed or when motion sensor is armed and triggered.


Another good device to buy is a wire lock such as a Kensington MicroSaver (stet), around $40 in stores, which fastens a small lock to the eponymous "Kensington slot" on most notebooks. the cable, which can wrap around a table leg or other stationary object, is made of a steel composite cable with reinforced Kevlar that cannot be easily cut. The cable is similar to that of the DEFCON-1, but is designed for longer-term usage, as when leaving your notebook in a hotel room for a while.


Despite whatever devices you might use to protect a notebook, your five senses — plus a little common sense — are most important. Vigilance, vigilance and more vigilance are what's required.


Keeping the physical data safe is also a challenge, but one that can be met. Security devices built into notebooks — smart card and fingerprint readers, for example — can provide additional security. If a thief can't get to your data conventionally, if a security device blocks them, your notebook's information may be safe.


Full disk encryption, mentioned last week, is also vital. But here I need to make a correction: Paul Henry, the security expert quoted here, wrote to say he was referring to the "free" software version of PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, as not featuring full disk encryption. The commercial version has it, Mr. Henry says, and that should be noted.


WI-FI EVERYWHERE: Ephesus is known to many as a Biblical city where the Apostle Paul once labored, departing from the Aegean shores. You might not imagine that Ephesus would have a developed Wi-Fi system, but my hotel does, thanks to TT-winet, the local wireless Internet provider. Speeds are excellent and a reminder that even in once-ancient cities, high tech has some reach!

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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