Let me remind you, a copy of every one of my stories was on the flash drive. I don't need to tell you what that means. Since then, I've encrypted my stories on my flash drive, external hard drive, SD card and laptop. My story notes on my iPod are password protected. I would encourage you to do the same (if you haven't already).
It's very simple to encrypt the document with Microsoft Office 2007.
- Hit the Office Button
- Mouse over Prepare
- Click on Encrypt Document
- You will be prompted to create a password. You will not be able to retrieve this password if you forget it so you should choose something you'll remember.
I've saved my stories on so many different devices to ensure I didn't lose them but it never occurred to me what would happen to my stories if I lost the device until then.