Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prepare For The Theft Of Your PC?

A security-conscious Slashdot reader has theft insurance — but worries whether it covers PC theft. And besides the hassles of recreating every customization after restoring from backups, there’s also the issue of keeping personal data private.
I currently keep important information on a hidden, encrypted partition so an ordinary thief won’t get much off of it, but that is about the extent of my preparation… What would you do? Some sort of beacon to let you know where your stuff is? Remote wipe? Online backup?

There’s a couple of issues here — including privacy, data recovery, deterrence, compensation — each leading to different ways to answer the question: what can you actually do to prepare for the possibility? So use the comments to share your own experiences. How have you prepared for the theft of your PC?


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