How do you prevent USB memory stick data thefts?

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One of the hallmark crimes of the digital age involves the theft of billions of pounds' worth of intellectual property, but is hardly ever reported or prosecuted. It's what happens when data gets sucked on to a USB memory stick or another storage device and goes out the door.

The advent of Apple's iPod (right) and other MP3 devices that can be configured to store other kinds of data has added to the nightmare, with people using the innocuous looking devices to "pod slurp" valuable corporate data.

It's an increasingly common occurrence, but what can you do about it? Having reason to suspect that a former employee may have copied details from a client database, financial services...

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