There’s no doubt that laptop computers and other portable computer devices, such as cell phones, iPods, PDAs or flash drives, can make lawyers more productive while they are away from the office. Estimates are that one in three PC users currently work on laptops, with projections it will be over 50 percent in several years.

But with increased mobility comes the risk of theft or loss of your hardware and, more importantly, the loss of the data that hardware contains. It is estimated that up to 40,000 laptops are stolen each year, and with huge hard drives being the norm these days, a lot of confidential case files could be included.