I know that we’ve mentioned this here before but an easy and free way to protect your PowerBook’s data in the event of it getting lost or stolen is to install a Firmware Password. Every PowerBook user should install one, right now.
The Open Firmware Password application allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware. You can use it to prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it. You can use Firmware password protection to enhance access security to your computer.
When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.
For addition information see the KnowledgeBase article.
The EFF’s Bloggers As Journalists: Why We Fight Apple?s Subpoenas is worth a read:
James Madison understood that “a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy or perhaps both.” Legal protections for media sources and unpublished information are critical means for journalists of all stripes to acquire information and communicate it to the public. Imagine if “Deep Throat,” the informant critical to Woodward and Bernstein’s investigation of the 1972 Watergate burglary, knew that his identity could be obtained through legal process. His career, and perhaps his life, would have been in serious jeopardy, and a cautious individual would have kept silent.
Read more at EFF.org.
In related news, the EFF announced a new project that highlights the way misguided laws and lawsuits can pollute the environment for technological innovation. “Endangered Gizmos” is a natural history of technologies from the Betamax VCR to filesharing software that have been threatened or extinguished through ruthless litigation. The “Endangered Gizmos” List gives readers the vital statistics on a host of gadgets, along with steps they can take to save those that haven’t yet been killed off. Read more about it in the Press Release.