This is a true story that happened to me recently and is a wakeup call for those of us who cannot be separated from their website or social media.

A.K.A. … Me …..

Preparing for a recent overseas trip, I took the opportunity to upgrade my laptop to a new Macbook Air. Super light, super thin and a perfect travelling companion for the rampant blogger.

But, leaving a friends house recently, I put the laptop on the roof of may car so that I could get the dogs and some other gear in the back seat.

Can you see where this is going?

Easily distracted, I then darted off to do some other minor task and a few minutes later, drove off, totally forgetting the month old laptop on the roof of my car.

It was not until I got home that I realised that I had been awarded “Klutz of the Day”, but no amount of searching found my laptop. So I filed a lost property report with the police and sulked the rest of the day.

Next morning I was packing for a days bike riding in the Barossa Valley when my hone phone rang and I was asked if I had lost anything?

Surprised but not entirely stupefied, I replied that I had indeed lost a laptop and to cut a long story short, I was later that day reunited with my Macbook Air.

What I found interesting (or worrying) and the subject of this ramble was that I had taken advantage of the Macintosh facility called Find My Mac which is said will locate you Apple product, lock or erase it and display a personalised message.

The problem was, none of this happened.

A (thankfully) very genuine young man saw the laptop fly off the roof of the car, researched how to hack into it and change the password, then found my phone number in an email and rang me.

All of this without any of the proported security features swinging into gear. I have even been using the laptop on my network at home for the last three days and non warnings, no erasing and absolutely no issues.

Yes the laptop survived the fall to the road very well, but for none of the security features to come into play is a real worry.

Is it me or is there an underlying flaw here?

The upshot of all of this is that I am now fervently researching security solutions with the idea of having my laptop secured tighter than a fishes’ are…. sorry. Forgot where I was.

Heed this warning and if you are travelling with a laptop, make sure that:

  • It is encrypted with a complex password
  • You have not saved passwords to banking or favourite sites such as Facebook or Twitter
  • And that there is no personal information in files, folders or email.

My laptop is now secure. just I can’t contemplate leaving it home alone for long periods.