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Experts, please give me some advices on laptop data protection. Are there any ways to protect my data from laptop theft.
- No encryption.
- No Lojack.
- No USB.
- I am using Windows.
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The best is to use encryption.

You can encrypt by file or directory or the entire drive.

Plenty of free software available, some of it quite transparent and easy to use.

Any other method will usualy leave you open to data theft if the laptop or even just the drive is stolen.

I hope this helps !

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Store data on your thumb drives or usb external drives.

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- No encryption.
I do a lot of travellings. "U.S. government export regulations would not permit crypto systems using 128-bit keys to be exported. The longest key size allowed for export without individual license proceedings was 40 bits", please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography
- No Lojack.
I want my data to be protected instead of getting my labtop back.
- No USB.
It is easier for me to lose my USB than my labtop.

Any thoughs would help. Thanks,
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No encryption. That's the hard one these days ;-)
The best solution to me would be to use a laptop with a harddisk with BIOS lock.
Those harddisks are not encrypted but only physical locked until the correct password is given.

J.
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I think that your encryption ruling is way out of date.

Recent changes allow 128 bit or more I beleive, since IBM Lotus Domino has dropped separate versions for US and foreign countries and all use 128 , 256 bit or more encryption.

I hope this helps !
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Windows XP and newer have built in EFS ( encrypted file system ) that should meet your needs.

Just make sure you backup all the encryption keys !

also see

http://www.truecrypt.org/

I hope this helps !
I agree with PowerIT, set a bios and hdd password in bios. While none of these will prevent theft it will, substantially decrease the chances of someone recovering data from the laptop if it is stolen. If they don't know the password the system is useless. Just don't forget the passwords.
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Actually  depending on the BIOS and whether it has the newer chip sets that include built in encryption, some  vendors like IBM/Lenovo  do encrypt the hard drive via  chip so that it uses the password to encrypt the data, so that if the disk is removed it still will not be usable.


I hope this helps !

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SysExpert, that's why I said use a PC with a bios LOCK.
And, the encryption export ruling is still valid for the countries on the EAR list E:1 being Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria (the so called terrorist supporting country). Last update is from november 2006.
See the last page of http://www.access.gpo.gov/bis/ear/pdf/740spir.pdf 
See the bis site for more info, e.g.: http://www.bis.doc.gov/Encryption/encfaqs6_17_02.html
The easiest way to verify this would be to check with the laptop manifacturer and verify if the laptop is allowed to be exported to those countries.

J.
Please check this thread,
it may tell you the benefits of Encryptions
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Misc/Q_22092679.html
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