Every year, 175,000 laptops lost in European airports are collected. The number is still a long way from the 600,000 pieces of equipment left in US airports, but it is enough to worry thousands of users who, given their lack of attention, see their equipment and personal data exposed to threats.
According to the analysis of the Ponemon Institute, 12,000 laptops are collected every week from US airports, while in Europe the number of lost equipment stands at 4,000 notebooks.
English Heathrow airport is the one with the most forgotten computers: 900 per week. This is followed by Amsterdam, Schiphol and Roissy airports.
According to analysts at the Ponemon Institute, only 57 percent of lost notebooks end up being claimed. At issue is the difficulty in identifying the machines since, in most cases, users do not know which computer model, only the brand.
More worrying is the fact that users do not take any precautions to protect the information stored on the notebooks. About 55 percent of passengers indicate that they have no system to protect their data, which means that anyone who connects the lost equipment can access all folders stored on the laptop.
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