I’ll say it as many times as it is necessary: physical security is necessary, but it cannot hold a candle to data security tools like laptop encryption software like AlertBoot when it comes to protecting data.
For example, do you honestly think that a $20 cable lock will secure your data overnight?
Salvation Army Computer Stolen
Thebarrieexaminer.com announces that a thief stole a computer (most probably a laptop) from the Salvation Army’s Bayside Mission in Barrie (Ontario, Canada). A review of the security cameras showed a man “cutting the chain holding the computer to a desk.”
The man was staying at the Salvation Army shelter that he stole from, and was later apprehended.
There’s a Reason Why Cable Locks are So Cheap
I’m not one of those people who automatically equate price with quality. But, let’s face it, there are those times when price is an excellent indicator of quality or function (or both).
Cable locks are, for better or worse, meant to temporarily secure computers in crowded places. That’s the reason why they’re made so light and portable: so you can take them with you to a coffee shop, or whatever, and temporarily secure your device to a coffee table, a chair, a railing, etc. If you leave for the bathroom, it’s assumed that people will try to stop a person who’s obviously stealing the computer. It’s also assumed that at some point you’ll take your computer back to some place that’s actually safe, where won’t need the cable lock anymore.
Under no circumstances are computer cable locks meant to be security: the same $20 lock can be snipped with a $15 bolt cutter. It barely makes a noise and it takes no skill to use it. When you think about it, there’s too many reasons why a cable lock is the worst security you could have protecting your computer.
Furthermore, a cable lock doesn’t prevent a person from accessing data. It’s very hard to call a cable lock (and most similar forms of “security”) a data loss or breach prevention tool.
If you need to protect data, do it right: either use a solution like encryption software that always goes where your data goes — and, hence, it will protect your data no matter where the device ends up — or use adequate physical security.