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Think about it a bit... How do you protect your data on your traveling laptop? Chances are that your company supplied you with a laptop along with the usual suspects of security software: anti-virus, personal firewall, and maybe even some anti-spyware software. If you're really lucky, you also got some encryption software and such with that laptop -- even if you had to buy it and install it yourself.
But what about your data? Allow me to explain.
While traveling, I've been watching what other travelers do, in addition to being perhaps a bit overly paranoid about my own data. Here are a few things I've noticed:
Are you thinking I'm being too paranoid? I've heard that many times. However, consider this: I've had two laptops stolen out of the trunk of my car in broad daylight while attending a conference, and I've had my hotel room broken into and personal items stolen twice while on vacation with my wife (in the paradise of Hawaii, no less!).
I'm not making up bad things that might happen. I'm responding to bad things that have happened to me. If that doesn't make a (security) guy paranoid, I don't know what will.
So, here are a few suggestions on how you might want to protect your data. Well, you also can protect your company's data this way, but let's not kid ourselves as to why we really want to protect what's on our laptops.
When I use a hotel's printer, I put the file I want to print onto a USB stick and take the USB stick to the public access PC to print the file. If I'm feeling really dirty after that, I re-format the USB stick on my Linux machine at home. (Even printing directly from a Web application (e.g., airline boarding pass) is easy this way if you use a virtual printer like eFax (www.efax.com) to capture the printer output and save it into a .TIF file.)
If you're thinking all of this advice is fine and well, but it would take far too much time to actually implement, consider the amount of time and effort it'll take you when someone steals your identity and riddles your personal credit history with all sorts of nasties that you could have prevented.