Data Encryption: Starbucks So Ubiquitous Police Set Up Stings.

Apparently, a Starbucks in NY is not only a place where you can get a latte to go.  If you’re the type, you may also pick up a purse, a laptop, or a camera…illegally. The problem with thieves is apparently big enough that NYPD sometimes sets up stings at the mermaid-logoed coffee shop.  Maybe one […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: Albright College Computers Stolen, 10,000 Affected (Updated).

Two laptop computers stolen from Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania) has led to the breach of personal information for 10,000 students.  Albright has not yet revealed whether the devices were protected with laptop encryption software, such as AlertBoot, which would ensure that the students’ details remain out of reach, even if the laptop remains with the […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: 133,000 Affected By OSDH Computer Theft.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is notifying people about the theft of a laptop computer.  It has not revealed whether the missing laptop was protected with drive encryption software, a cryptographic tool that would have prevented the need to send over 133,000 breach notification letters. Car Break-In The laptop computer and other items […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: Warrington And Halton Hospitals Signs Undertaking.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has signed an undertaking agreement with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  This is the result of a data breach where a laptop computer was stolen.  Said computer was not secured with drive encryption software, in conflict with the Trust’s own computer policies. Not Meant to Store […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: Singapore Man Finds 10GB Of Personal Info On "New" Computer.

A man in Singapore bought a “brand new” laptop computer only to find 10 GBs worth of information on the portable device.  The information included tax returns and divorce papers.  Would full disk encryption like AlertBoot helped in this case?  Doubtful, but not for the obvious reasons. Repaired Computer Mix Up How’d 10 GB of […] read more

Data Encryption Software: Does HIPAA Or HITECH Require It? No, But Strong Encryption Is Required If Used.

The answer is “no,” as I’ve often pointed out.  But, there is a very strong reason to use laptop encryption software and other cryptographic solutions like AlertBoot when protecting and securing protected health information (PHI).  Namely, the fact that safe harbor from sending notifications is given when electronic PHI is breached. If Using Encryption, Use […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: Because Computers Can Be Gone in 300 Seconds.

If you take a peek at the AlertBoot Encryption homepage you’ll see a series of cuts where a blond woman subsequently has her laptop stolen in a “café-like” setting.  Everyone’s heard of such a thing happening — a friend, or possibly a friend of a friend — but it’s rare to find someone to whom […] read more