Lax Laptop Security Can Be Dangerous...and Expensive
Survey suggests travelers need to do more to lock down their laptops.
Mon, November 12, 2007
CIO — Most travelers carry little of value on their laptops, but those who do carry valuable information store an average of $525,000 worth of sensitive data, according to a recent survey.
The survey also found:
The average value of personal information on travelers’ laptop computers is $330,000.
39 percent of respondents have experienced some form of computer malware, virus or theft.
Only 32 percent of respondents said the Wi-Fi connections they employ to access the Internet in hotels or conference centers are “somewhat” or “highly secure.”
The survey was conducted by iBahn, a provider of secure broadband services to hotels and conference centers. It included 491 participants, all laptop or PDA users who stay in a hotel at least one night a month.
And not, apparently, sleeping all that well.