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How To Protect Your Data

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: How To Protect Your Data
2. Today's Top Story
    - Where Are Operating Systems Headed?
    - My Second Life Safari
3. Best Tech Bits
    - How To Secure Your Home Wireless Network Wi-Fi Phone Buyer's Guide
    - Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?
    - Book Excerpt: Windows Vista In A Nutshell
4. PLUS: Blog Wild
    - Is Sony's Blu-ray Porn Stance Repeating Betamax Blunder?
    - Bill Gates, Thanks For The RSA Memories
    - Windows Mobile 6 Revealed
    - Steve Jobs Says No To DRM
5. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
6. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men." -- Captain J. A. Hadfield


1. Editor's Note: How To Protect Your Data

Data security is a lot like the weather: we all talk about it, but few of us bother to take it very seriously. Yet it's a single point of failure, in that when your laptop is lost, stolen, or breached, you're—how shall I put this gently—screwed.

As contributor David Strom notes in his story How To Protect Your Precious PC Data: From Physical Security To Encryption, as more users rely on laptops for their main computers, the potential for data loss or abuse will only get worse.

Simultaneously, with computer and data theft on the rise, corporate IT departments need to deploy security solutions now, rather than waiting for an incident to occur

Fortunately, there's a wide array of encryption and security tools that can mitigate this potential disaster, including many free or low-cost solutions. Strom outlines them in his story, along with tips on how to keep those bad-data days at bay.

Alex Wolfe
awolfe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Where Are Operating Systems Headed?
Dr. Dobb's ponders the future beyond Windows Vista and Linux, and looks at whether operating systems are becoming irrelevant.

My Second Life Safari
InformationWeek's own Mitch Wagner has been spending the last three weeks wandering around Second Life, guided by natives, getting shown the sights, and finding new wonders through random exploration. Here are some of his favorites.


3. Best Tech Bits

How To Secure Your Home Wireless Network
A chapter from the book 'Home Network Security Simplified,' which details how to make sure that your home PC wireless network is secure.

Wi-Fi Phone Buyer's Guide
VoIP service providers Skype and Vonage have each partnered with hardware manufacturers to release cell-like phones that can use their services via Wi-Fi networks. Here's how to get started.

Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?
It appears that PC vendors are nearly as confused as consumers when it comes to determining what is a Vista PC. Here's the lowdown on what's out there, and what you really need when looking for hardware.

Book Excerpt: Windows Vista In A Nutshell
Preston Gralla's new book from O'Reilly, thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Windows Vista. Here, as a free excerpt, is the complete second chapter: Using Windows Vista.


4. PLUS: Blog Wild

Is Sony's Blu-ray Porn Stance Repeating Betamax Blunder?
Despite Sony's initial stance against adult movies on Blu-ray, the new high-def disk appears poised to succeed in its battle against HD DVD, Jennifer Bosavage writes.

Bill Gates, Thanks For The RSA Memories
What did the Microsoft chairman say in his keynote at this week's RSA Security Conference, and why did he say it?

Windows Mobile 6 Revealed
Blogger Stephen Wellman gets some tech news worth interrupting his dinner to pursue.

Steve Jobs Says No To DRM
In coming out against digital rights management, Apple's CEO is doing the right think, even if it's for possibly disingenuous reasons.


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