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Who ME?? – You’re kidding, right?

I’m always guilty of assuming that bad things won’t happen to me.  Let me give you some evidence, lest you think I’m kidding.  My father died long before he was retirement age of a massive coronary.  Yet, when I had chest pains and had trouble walking from a store in the mall to the parking lot to find the car, I didn’t connect the dots.  After all, heart disease was for old men, right?  The end of that story is that I barely survived a heart attack and had heart surgery, five bypasses, when I was 47. It was a rough couple of weeks, but I learned to pay more attention.

My second example would be my thoughts about cancer.  Breast cancer is for other people, right?  Special women who probably don’t eat right, or just have bad genes.  Since I eat right (most of the time) and there’s no breast cancer in my family, I’m home-free…right?  Wrong!  I was so sure that this couldn’t happen to me that I didn’t even take anyone with me when I went to discuss my test results with the doctor.  I had been told that 4 out of 5 women who have the symptoms I had, did not have cancer.  Those were good odds.  Oops!  Wrong again.  Somewhere in the room, I thought I heard the word carcinoma, but he couldn’t be talking to me, could he?  He was.  I still chuckle at my next words, “Well, I guess I’ve just made 4 other women really happy.”  The doctor looked at me as though I had lost my mind.  He handed me a tissue, but I told him “No thanks, I don’t have a cold.”   I remain grateful for the hunch I had to go get a mammogram that December in 2006, when it had been five years.  I had surgery and recovered nicely.

OK, now that you know I haven’t been the perfect picture of health, I’ll bring this home for many of us.  Almost all of us have laptops, right?  We hear statistics about how many thousands of laptops are stolen every week, especially at airports.  If you’re like me, you figure that won’t happen to you because you really keep a good eye on your stuff while traveling, right?  That’s what I thought, too.

I went to Las Vegas to an Online Revenue Builders workshop/conference in January.  I took my HP Laptop – the same one I’m typing on right now.  But, I also threw my little Netbook in my suitcase just in case something happened to my laptop I would have a backup to check email and surf the net a little (that’s about all they’re good for).  I don’t know when or where it happened, but my Netbook never made it home.  Somebody, somewhere, got a nice new Netbook.  Maybe it was in the hotel, maybe it was in the airport – I’ll never know.

When I got home, I called my friend who handles my off-site backups for my desktop computers here in our home office.  I asked him what he had for my laptop.  I loved the answer.  He had actually just released a new product JUST for for laptop security.  I signed up, and now my laptop is backed up every time I logon to the net.  If it were to be stolen, the webcam would snap a picture of who’s sitting at the keyboard and send it back to me.  I could also logon and have all my data digitally shredded, knowing that I have a good backup anyway.

I want to share this website with you, in case you think this would be a good product for you.  It’s very affordable – less than $10 a month.  Click here Sentry Backup and  go take a look if this interests you.  If you decide to purchase, I’ve put a link over on the right side of this post.

In the meantime, I still maintain that bad stuff happens mostly to other people.  It takes a lot of hard evidence to prove I’m wrong. It’s so annoying to be around folks who believe in Murphy’s Law.  Nonsense!