|Thank you for your responses.|
My laptop is login enabled at startup and wakeup on Mac OS
10.6. Sensitive info is stored in an encrypted disk image, but
unimportant data (photos, music, etc.) is not.
I did not enable Mac's EFI open firmware password, because
it can be circumvented with any Mac install CD. I have used
this in the past, I concluded that, it wasn't worth having: it
greatly complicated troubleshooting, was very difficult to
disable, and can be reset easily. It seems to me that data
encryption and enabled logins would suffice. Of course to the
average thief, that would be major pain for him, but if he has
half a brain he may figure out the solution. But I am no
expert, I welcome other's thoughts on this topic.
All my data was backed up, part of my regular routine, as a
clone of my HD. I restored the clone to another computer so
life continues as before. All my online passwords changed,
credit cards changed just to be safe. I lost the financial value
of the laptop, my hours upgrading the hardware, and software
tweaks (had Ubuntu running perfectly on it). Thank God that
was all I lost. The thief could have really cleaned me out if
he searched around.
I was stupid. I did not lock my door when I left my room. I
always do, and the one time I didn't..... I learned my lesson.
I will be kickin' myself all year for this one.