Lowjack for laptops?

fastman

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Anyone using a software or hardware solution?
If so what?

I have a need and I'm looking for intel on this.

TIA
 

FoxFifth

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Lojack came free for one year on my Dell Studio laptop and seems like a good product. I didn't renew it once the free year expired because the laptop rarely leaves my house, doesn't have sensitive information on it, has online backups of the data that is on it, and if it was to disappear it would be viable for me to replace it with a newer one. About all I can say about it is that it was easy to activate and seems to have very strong features. If I was traveling a lot I would probably have renewed it. Their website is: http://www.absolute.com/en/lojackforlaptops/home.aspx
 

Six

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I know two people who had lojack on their laptops. When their laptops were stolen in separate incidences, I was eagered to see lojack in action and who the thieves were. Unfortunately recovery was 0/2.

One person had the free version that came with his laptop, which doesn't have the $1000 theft recovery guarantee. The other had the premium version, but he was denied for some weird reason. Luckily for him though, he brought the laptop with the American Express card and got reimbursed through their automatic buyer protection program.
 

grandpaflo

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http://preyproject.com/

"Prey lets you keep track of your phone or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It's lightweight, open source software, and free for anyone to use. And it just works."

It's open source.

http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/


"Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.

Adeona is designed to use the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software client installed on an owner's laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information."
 
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