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Considerate Thief Backs Up Computer Files

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Considerate Thief Backs Up Computer Files

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Considerate Thief Backs Up Computer Files

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When a distinguished college professor in Sweden had his laptop stolen, he was crushed. He told a local newspaper he hadn't back up the data. A week after the theft, the professor found an envelope at his home. Inside: a USB drive with copies of all of the professor's documents and personal files.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

When a college professor in Sweden had his laptop stolen, he was devastated because, as he told a local newspaper, it's my life - a life he hadn't backed up. He was being interviewed because of what came next. A week later, the professor found an envelope at his home from the thief, inside a USB drive with copies of all of the professor's documents and personal files - something that would've taken the thief hours to do.

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