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http://www.orbicule.com/theftsensor/

& a few Words on Their other product

Hi,
I just saw in the store, LoJack for Laptops by Absolute Softare.
Has anyone tried this program yet?
Evidently, the company can locate your laptop if it's stolen if you
have this program and service.
It sounds like something worth considering for me.

Well, it's rather easily evaded by nuking and paving the laptop in
question, but it appears that criminals are rather dumb...one of our
faculty members recovered a computer stolen from their lab when the
poor sap who bought the computer 3 people removed from the thief
brought it in for service. The tech noticed a bunch of stuff on it
that didn't look like it belonged, called UAPD, and they did
eventually get it back.

There's another one Undercover, that's a bit more clever, it uses the
built-in iSight to snap a picture of the thief, and then fakes a
system crash :)

<http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/>
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Bruce Johnson
University of Arizona
College of Pharmacy
Information Technology Group

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There's also the more low-tech service, Stuffbak

There's also the more low-tech service, Stuffbak

StuffBak - Protect Your Mobile Assets

who claim 75% recovery on their website.

You get a sticker to put on the bottom of ;your computer or other
device, and if recovered, the party calls stuffback and they get your
stuff--back to you.

Thx 4 Feedback above Poster

as busy here trying to read 9 pages of ebay Iphone rip off in the forums

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Bruce Johnson wrote:
On Jul 23, 2007, at 4:18 PM, [email protected] wrote:
I just saw in the store, LoJack for Laptops by Absolute Softare.
Has anyone tried this program yet?
Evidently, the company can locate your laptop if it's stolen if you
have this program and service.
It sounds like something worth considering for me.
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Well, it's rather easily evaded by nuking and paving the laptop in
question, but it appears that criminals are rather dumb.
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I think there's a lotta warm-fuzzy FUD being offered in these
overpriced products. A software-only "solution" is just dumb, IMO.

They all seem to require the same things: a thief that doesn't just
hock your computer and/or a legit service tech... Since when do
criminals cooperate like that????

When you get past the few idiots that actually do snatch devices for
their own use, I expect you'll find that 99% of stolen
phone/pda/laptops are immediately "processed". Without connecting
them to the 'net, they're ransacked for re-sellable identity info,
then parted or repaved and sold.

A better solution:

1) Keep good backups. That way you don't really loose anything if
your phone/pda/laptop gets stolen.

2) Buy insurance. An inexpensive replacement value rider on your
home-owner or apartment policy will leave you holding a brand new
gadget...

3) Keep the pirated music and movies OFF your phone/pda/laptop. It
would really suck if the cops recover your hardware then nail you for
it's contents. ROFL
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There's another one Undercover, that's a bit more clever, it uses the
built-in iSight to snap a picture of the thief, and then fakes a
system crash
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LOL That's cute. But then what? How do you track down the thief?
Cops can't be bothered to actually work theft cases these days until
there's more than $10K and a gross of donuts involved.

FWIW,
 
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