Is there a way to force google drive to erase all files + passwords contained on a computer at shutdown (as a proactive measure)? Or this could be accomplished by a standard script to delete all cache files at shutdown. In this case, a lost laptop may be severed from the the account's list of allowed devices, and the data can be preserved reliably. This inconvenience may seem trivial compared to true ownership of data. The need to newly enter passwords or stream files can be offset by peace of mind. Furthermore, these additional operations would need only occur once per use / session.
This would help who doesn't have time for a drive encryption project. Yet this thread concludes the only certain defense against data theft is encryption, but why not
--> have a laptop akin to a library computer <--
It might take 5 min at boot to download all the essential files via wifi. Has anyone taken this approach to securing their laptop / mobile device?