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Software That Can Track And Lock Down Stolen Laptop


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#1 Extrodewise

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 04:18 AM

The Above 'Topic Title' refers. Anyone out there know of any software that could be useful in this regard, probably when the user logs on to the internet. Tips, tricks and links to articles or software in this regard would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Pals...

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 04:39 AM

Hello Extrodewise,
I believe that Steganos offers an Anti theft system.

https://www.steganos.com/us/products/home-o...veler/overview/
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Posted 19 July 2008 - 05:57 AM

Thanks Mate, Checked out the 'steganos' stuff and it's quite cool. However I'd want something that won't have to send signals to the authorities, I just want something that would lock down the computer once it connects to the internet once it is given the order to do so. Any other ideas???

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 06:11 AM

To my knowledge, there is no such tool. I suppose theoretically you would need a drive encryption tool like truecrypt that would lock down the contents of the laptop. I suppose you could create a website and change the homepage of the browsers on the system then if they open a browser it will go to the website and you can then get an IP address which you could give to the authorities.

Of course this is all theoretical and I'm not sure if it has ever been done before.
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Posted 19 July 2008 - 09:10 AM

That's some nice reasoning you just did there 'nigglesnush85', well I could do some research in that regard. However my main concern is being able to delete files (critical files, I'd say) on a Laptop that gets stolen and I want this done remotely once the user connects to the internet. I'd really appreciate suggestions in that regard, thanks. Thanks 'nigglesnush85' for all your help so far...

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 01:18 PM

No problem, glad to help.

An encryption program in most cases will take over a year to break, depending on encryption methods. With regards to deleting the files of the system when it connects to the internet could probably be done by using a program that deletes the contents of the disk when a certain program is used.
Alternatively you could set the system to boot using a special CD otherwise the the computer will delete itself.
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Posted 05 August 2008 - 03:20 AM

Another interesting perspective you got there 'nigglesnush85'. Exactly how can I program a computer to only boot from a 'special' CD, in the absence of which it would lock down itself???

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:52 AM

There are products on the market such as http://www.gadgetgrid.com/2007/07/21/kidsafe-security-key/ that will lock the computer down and can only be unlocked using the USB key.

Another possible solution would be to use a Linux live CD as an operating system, then using a USB drive to store all your files.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:00 AM

Thank You So Much Pal, you've been a great help. This link is really coooooool, will explore more of it. Thanx once again...

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:26 AM

No problem, glad to help.

If you need more help, just ask.
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:09 PM

I have no info regarding this software, I only provide a link for you.
It does look like it will do what you want it to.
http://www.thelaptoplock.com/

Also consider keeping your sensitive data on an encrypted
USB Flash Drive. Keep the drive separated from the computer
when not in use.

Use Firefox portable from the flash drive. This will eliminate any
browsing history, cookies, saved passwords being left on the laptop.
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:12 AM

Hey Raw, this is Excellenté.... Just the exact damn thing I was looking for. Thanks a lot mate, this would be verrrrry helpful. Thanks once again...

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:58 AM

*KoanYorel investigates the software.

Thanks RAW. I'd heard of this item but forgot its simple name.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:12 PM

Happy to help. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:46 PM

Just in from my LUG mailing list. I have not had time to look
into this further, merely posting the link to the article.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/cnet/20080824/tc_c...kThJ68z4Fis0NUE

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