Unnatural disasters

Never mind late planes and bad hotels -- the road warrior's real nightmare is an epic tech meltdown. Here's a survival guide.

Problem

Your computer goes missing

Solutions

1. LoJack for Laptops ($50 a year)

Separated from your laptop? One way to recover: Absolute Software sells $50 annual subscriptions to LoJack for Laptops, a theft protection service that locates and reclaims lost computers.

2. Backup services like Mozy, Tilana, and Xdrive (cost varies)

Smart execs never travel without a backup. Choices include Tilana Reserve, Backup Central 2.0, IDrive-E, Mozy, Xdrive, and for Apple users, .Mac.

Flash drives are another option, if you take steps to protect the data. Free software like Folder Lock, Remora USB File Guard, and TrueCrypt can encrypt USB flash drives. Newer flash drives, including BioDisk and Kanguru Bio Drive, use built-in biometric fingerprint technology to authorize users.

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