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#1 KJackson50

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

Anyone know if there is any good laptop theft software out there?

 

I want the ability to lock, track, and locate my laptop in case it's stolen or lost.

 

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:55 PM

I know people who have gotten their laptops back by using LoJack for Laptops. If you prefer an open source application, there is http://preyproject.com/

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:19 PM

I use cable locks myself when I travel for work or pleasure.

 

LoJack, or Computrace as I knew it, does come on a lot of new laptop systems with built in BIOS/Chip support. Although this can be a good thing it also has some down sides. It acts like a rootkit that's already in your system to ensure it can't be removed or disabled, once activated.

 

However when I sent my Asus laptop in for repair it came back with a re-issued/refurbished motherboard that had already had the LoJack feature activated. It took me a while to figure out what happened and what was running in the background without my knowledge. When I tried to get it removed or deactivated I was left with waiting for a new MB or sending it to Absolute for study and fixing, each option was going to take weeks to months before I would get my laptop back. (Remote uninstall/deactivate wasn't working and Asus CA didn't have any parts for my system which was why I got the refurb to start with.)

 

Just do a search for "how to remove lojack from bios" and you'll see enough info on this to decide one way or the other.

 

Just my .02...

 

 

I was able to learn how to disable the software in Windows just by making a few read-only files. If you use Linux, or the person who takes the laptop doesn't use Windows, LoJack won't work. What I worry about is the hole this vendor installed chip leaves on our laptops that has been demonstrated as being vulnerable to highjacking and hacker abuse.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:05 PM

Thanks for the education Zen Seeker. This is a whole different aspect I had not considered or was aware of. Thanks for adding that information.

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