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Laptop and Mobile Devices Security (Web Resources)

Maureen Molly Knapp
Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Libraries - New Orleans


Laptops

Laptop Security. From the Federal Trade Commission.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/laptop-security.aspx

Insurance policies

Safeware
http://www.safeware.com
Insurance for laptops, smartphones, PDAs, desktops. Quick quote assessment on website.

Laptop Tracking Software

Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops Standard ($39.99)
http://www.lojackforlaptops.com/products/standard.asp
Tracks and recovers lost or stolen computers for individuals

Computrace for Business and Institutions
http://www.absolute.com/products-overview.asp
Corporate solutions that address issues of regulatory compliance, data protection, computer theft recovery, and mobile IT asset management.

CyberAngel
https://www.thecyberangel.com/default.aspx
Protects data and recovers stolen computers using the most advanced and unique technology to alert, lock, and locate in real-time when an unauthorized user tries to access a protected computer. Consumer and Business versions available.

Secure-It STOP TAG asset recovery (Security Tracking of Office Property)
http://www.secure-it.com/shop/product_info.php/cPath/42/products_id/34
Tamper-proof security plates and tracking numbers for business laptops. STOP Tags leave the residual message THIS LAPTOP IS STOLEN when sticker is removed.

Data Protection

OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/omniaccess3500/
Corporate laptop security from Alcatel-Lucent – device plugs into USB drive, allowing IT staff to protect sensitive data on employees' mobile laptops, anytime, anywhere, even when the laptop is turned off.

Laptop Encryption and Laptop Security - CREDANT Technologies
http://www.credant.com/laptop-encryption-security.html
Mobile Security for Enterprises.

Laptop Locks

Kensington Notebook Locks
http://us.kensington.com/html/11179.html

Targus Security Accessories
http://www.targus.com/US/accessories_security.asp
For Mac and PC

Alarm Systems

DEFCON® 1 Ultra Laptop Computer Security System ($54.99)
http://www.targus.com/US/product_details.asp?sku=PA400U
This system combines a stainless steel cable, motion sensor technology, and a 95dB alarm to create a combination locking alarm system that easily attaches to your notebook or carrying case in any setting.

Belkin USB Laptop Security Alarm ($24.99)
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F5L013-Laptop-Security-Alarm/dp/B000RPVHDC
Alarm sounds if the cable is cut or if the cable is disconnected. The alarm lets you extend cable length with a standard USB extension cable and to deactivate the alarm, reinsert the key. This will work on your laptop in the on or off mode.

iAlertU (free)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ialertu/
Open source and free alarm system for your Apple MacBook computer. Basically iAlertU is a car alarm for your Apple Mac. iAlertU uses the built-in motion to trigger the alarm and the isight to capture the image of the thief.

Laptop Alarm 1.2 (free)
http://www.download.com/Laptop-Alarm/3000-2162_4-10708142.html
Free downloadable program. When the laptop is disconnected from AC-power (someone pulls the AC adapter plug out) or someone removes or moves the USB mouse, the alarm will go off.

Screen Guards

Screen guards help prevent people from peeking over your shoulder as you work on sensitive information in a public place.

3M Privacy Filter
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/ComputerFilter/Home/

Lapworks Privacy Screen Shield
http://www.laptopdesk.net/privacyscreen.html

Targus Privacy Screens
http://www.targus.com/US/accessories_security.asp

Facial Recognition Software

VeriFace, found on Lenovo's new IdeaPad laptops, scans your face to identify you when you sign in. See: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/landing_pages/info/08/veriface for more details.

Consumer Reports found "it worked well with a range of backgrounds and facial expressions, and is easier to use but less secure than a fingerprint scanner. But it didn’t work as well in low light and for some faces with glasses."


 

Mobile Devices

GetNetWise Spotlight on Wireless Security
http://spotlight.getnetwise.org/wireless/
Tips on using your laptop, SmartPhone and PDA wirelessly, securing your wireless device in public hot-spots, wireless security tools, Flash tutorials on activating security settings on your mobile device. From the Internet Education Foundation, "a non-profit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community."

Mobile Security – Laptop, PDA and Smartphone
http://www.firewallguide.com/pda.htm
Background reading on PDA security, links to security software and antivirus software.

Security Locks

Targus Mobile Security Lock for iPod®
http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=ASP07US
2-foot-plus cable connects to the iPod via a dock connector mechanism with a built-in three-digit combination lock. At the other end of the connector is a plastic case that retracts the cable; you secure it to yourself (or desk or backpack) by looping the cable through the somewhat bulky case.

Software

Handango
http://www.handango.com/
100's of security products from many vendors sorted by operating system and device

McAffee Mobile Security Software
http://www.mcafee.com/us/enterprise/products/mobile_security/index.html
Mobile security suites for Enterprise.

Norton Smartphone Security ($29.99)
http://www.symantec.com/norton/smartphone-security
Antivirus, Firewall, SMS Antispam for Windows Mobile and Symbian.

TealLock ($24.99)
http://www.tealpoint.com/softlock.htm
Automatic locking program to secure and protect your Palm handheld. Data encryption and SD card support. Corporate and Enterprise editions also available.


Last updated: 3/4/2009

NOTE: Questions or comments about the contents of this article should be addressed to the author, Maureen Molly Knapp, at MKnapp@lsuhsc.edu