Laptop Security

When you're on the road or in an airport, bad things can happen to good computers

The setting: any airport, U.S.A. The victims: you and your laptop. Action! You put your computer on the X-ray conveyor belt and get in line for the metal detector. The guy in front of you gets stopped and has to empty his pockets. Turns out he's a walking scrap heap, and it takes him five minutes to get through. Meanwhile, your defenseless laptop is waiting helplessly on the other side. By the time you're finally through, it's gone--swiped by Scrap Heap's accomplice on the other side.

Pretty clever, huh? It's a classic con, and it just goes to show that your...

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