Campus Life Puts Data at Risk

    - CBL Data Recovery Offers Tips to Students, Parents on How to Safeguard
    Precious Digital Knowledge and Avoid Identity Theft -

    MARKHAM, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - The new school year means new friends, new
classes, and often a new computer to help get schoolwork done. Mobile
computers in particular can also contribute to problems affecting more and
more Canadians every year: data theft and compromise of personal information.
    According to Educational Security Incidents (ESI), a Web site that serves
as a repository for reported information security incidents that have occurred
at institutions of higher education, an estimated 2.6 million records of
information were exposed at universities around the world in 2006 alone. That
number includes only incidents that were reported; a vast majority of
information compromises go unreported.
    "In many institutional settings, especially educational institutions,
there is real danger of losing control over personal information," said Adam
Dodge, founder of ESI. "Information such as grades, social security numbers,
or even a mother's maiden name can be found on most personal computers. This
creates the possibility that a college student might suffer identity theft
five, 10, 20 or even 30 years after the initial theft of their information.
For this reason, it is important that all of us begin to take personal
responsibility for securing our own information."
    There are a number of things the average student or parent can do to
protect themselves and their information, according to CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc., a leading global provider of data recovery services:

    -  If you will be attending school, or sending your child off to school,
       with a computer that's already been used by your household or
       business, make sure you're not sending off important data as well.
       Simply deleting files or formatting the hard drive is not enough.

       CBL offers its free "Data Shredder Tool" on its Web site
       ( that allows users to easily ensure that all vital
       data is removed from the computer's hard drive.

    -  Protect your computer as you would your keys, wallet or credit card.
       Most mobile computers come equipped with a security cable slot; invest
       in a cable and use it.

    -  Keep your laptop out of sight and inconspicuous when not using it.
       Invest in a padded bag that also doesn't shout "Laptop Inside."

    -  Invest in computer theft protection software that tracks, locates and
       recovers stolen computers.

    -  Set both boot and log-in passwords to prevent information theft in the
       event your computer is stolen. Some mobile computers now use biometric
       technology to restrict use to only registered users.

    "Keeping data secure at school also applies to the data created by the
student," notes Tim Margeson, General Manager of CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc. "'My computer ate my homework' is not an excuse most
professors will accept upon learning that the student spent hours working on a
20-page term paper only to have the hard drive crash upon completion."
    Specialists such as CBL Data Recovery Technologies offer a variety of
services to recover data from disasters such as hard drive failures,
accidental deletion of files, virus contamination, software corruption and
even physical damage from fire or flood. CBL's 24-hour toll-free hotline lets
callers speak to a data recovery specialist to initially diagnose the extent
of the damage. Filling out a free online form can start the ball rolling
toward CBL's free data recovery service evaluation and a written quote.
    CBL's data recovery expertise extends to every make, model and
manufacturer of computers. CBL engineers work below the operating system level
to recover data from systems running Microsoft Windows Vista, XP or older;
Unix, including Solaris, HP-UX and AIX; Linux, including Mandriva, Red Hat and
Ubuntu; and, the Mac OS. Owners of older PCs, laptops and servers can take
comfort in knowing CBL's data recovery expertise isn't limited to current
brands such as Acer, Apple, Dell, Compaq, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba. CBL's data
recovery services are backed by its "No Data, No Charge" guarantee.

    About CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc.

    Founded in 1993, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. is a leading
international provider of data recovery software and services. CBL employs
proprietary techniques to recover data quickly and effectively from a wide
array of affected media including hard drives, tapes, and other magnetic,
optical and removable media. CBL offers services worldwide through its network
of data recovery laboratories, customer service centers and authorized
partners around the globe. Visit CBL on the Web at

For further information:

For further information: Susan Stuart, CBL Data Recovery Technologies
Inc., (905) 479-9938, 1-800-551-3917,; Gary Hilson, Sacke
& Associates Inc., (416) 493-5723 x 203,

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