I just heard the wife of the Pakistani ambassador to Ireland on the radio, talking about her laptop which was stolen from her apartment last week. She’s very keen to get it back, not because of the laptop, but because of the data that was on it. Personal information, photos, information realting to a scholarship scheme she’s putting in place. All gone. She was willing to buy back the laptop and not press any charges if she can just retrieve the data.
All of which goes to illustrate once again, that it’s not the computer equipment that is of real value, it’s data. I’m sure whoever took the laptop is planning to wipe all the info off it and sell it for a quick killing. They probably have no interest in what’s stored on it. The moral of the story is backup, backup, backup!