The real cost of a stolen computer 

The real cost of a lost or stolen computer is not so much the capital cost of replacing the physical machine, but the loss or potential disclosure of the data that was contained in that device. Encrypting the hard drive to protect the data, especially on notebook computers, has become almost common place. However, most commercial encryption systems, including even those from PGP, contain encryption by-pass features that allow an unauthenticated user to access the data, or allow a lost password to be recovered. If your data is truly sensitive, then such backdoors enabling access to the encrypted data negate any security benefit of encrypting the data in the first place.
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