Monday, April 12, 2010

Track your laptop, stolen or not

According to the FBI, 1 in 10 laptops will be stolen within the first 12 months of purchase. More than 90% of those that are stolen will image never be recovered. Laptop theft is getting to be the same amount of seriousness when you are victim to a home invasion or if your vehicles is stolen. There is no doubt that you MUST protect yourself against laptop theft. So, in this post I am going to go over some of the options available to you:

LoJack for Laptops
LoJack is one of the most popular computer theft monitoring systems out there. It is a pay-for service but has some great features such as remote data wipe, GPS tracking, it will take a webcam shot of the person using the computer, and they offer a $1000 guarantee with their premium service.

Orbicule Undercover
Undercover is just like LoJack, but is a solution for the Macintosh system.

Adeona
This is one of the first and original open source (and FREE!!) laptop tracking solutions. It doesn’t rely on a central server and low profile.

Prey
This is the solution that I use. It is free and you can add up to 3 devices per user account. It is like Undercover or LoJack where it contantly records user and location info on the laptop then you ‘activate’ Prey when the computer goes missing.

There are hundreds more anti-theft and recovery solutions for your computer hardware in the world. These are just a few. To find more, just search it. Good luck with whatever solution you choose!