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What to Do When Your Laptop is Stolen

Jan 13, 2010, 07:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

[ Thanks to Naomi Graychase for this link. ]

"Which brings me to my last point: Do you really need a vendor-operated central monitoring station, or can you set up your own central place where alerts can be sent? GadgetTrak, Oribicule’s Undercover for Macs and iPhones, Prey (for Mac, Windows, and Linux), and PC/Mac PhoneHome are all tools that don't make use of any central monitoring station, instead, the software sends info to your e-mail (and for GagetTrak, to Flickr) accounts directly. With some of these products, upon booting they look for the presence or absence of a special URL that indicates the laptop has been stolen. If so, they send information, such as the current IP address, a snapshot from a Webcam, screenshots, and other details to your e-mail address."

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