Anyone seen my laptop?

16 February 2008

thief.jpgA notebook is stolen in the UK every 53 seconds, according to After several government laptops were lost there is now a new laptop ban for all civil servants, it is not allowed to take unencrypted laptops outside the office.

Finding yourself laptopless can cost a lot more than just the laptop. All of us have been there, at least to some extent, with important files missing and days of work wasted for nothing. What is then the best way to prevent the worst-case scenario, the theft?

The first thing that comes to mind is to tie the laptop up to the table leg. However, there is a better strategy to prevent your data getting into the wrong hands, and it is just a piece of software.

A thin client application is used to transmit physical location of the laptop to a monitoring network. It is possible to remotely delete information or limit the usage of the machine by locking it up after a certain amount of time. This feature can be a lifesaver if a laptop with sensitive information is stolen.

GadgetTrak Verey will start recording via connected camera (e.g. iSight) and send emails to the owner’s email address. The email will contain all the necessary network information as well as nearby wireless networks and video clips captured by the camera.

Nobody is safe from having a computer stolen – Marks & Spencer, Nationwide, Prince Charles and Salma Hayek have become the latest victims of laptop theft. But this time, at least you will have a picture of your thief, which you can later microwave or throw darts at.

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