By Agam Shah
IDG News Service
June 30, 2008
Keep laptops close at airports, because they have a startling tendency
to disappear in the blink of an eye, according to a new survey.
Some of the largest and medium-sized U.S. airports report close to
637,000 laptops lost each year, according to the Ponemon Institute
survey released Monday. Laptops are most commonly lost at security
checkpoints, according to the survey.
Close to 10,278 laptops are reported lost every week at 36 of the
largest U.S. airports, and 65 percent of those laptops are not
reclaimed, the survey said. Around 2,000 laptops are recorded lost at
the medium-sized airports, and 69 percent are not reclaimed.
Travelers seem to lack confidence that they will recover lost laptops.
About 77 percent of people surveyed said they had no hope of recovering
a lost laptop at the airport, with 16 percent saying they wouldn't do
anything if they lost their laptop during business travel. About 53
percent said that laptops contain confidential company information, with
65 percent taking no steps to protect the information.
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