Twenty one months of using a thumb drive at Internet cafes and I finally left it behind. Didn’t realize it was missing until I got home. It was there when I returned, much to my relief. I wasn’t worried about cost or data loss. I was concerned because sometimes the drive has financial statements being moved from net cafe to netbook.
Solution was to put a leash on the drive and attach the scooter key just before plugging it in. This way I can’t get very far before realizing I’m missing something.