Laptops are great portable devices – problem is that are also easy targets for thieves and all too easy to steal.
I came across a security program called Frontdoor Software International Recovery which uses the web to register your laptop and should it be stolen, use various tactics to show that it is a stolen machine. To wit:
- Blast a message to your missing laptop to try to quickly change the boot-up Retriever screen from remote to state THIS COMPUTER IS REPORTED STOLEN.
- Send a 1-50 character lockdown code that you create to the missing computer.
- New cell phone number or email address? You can sign in to your account and update your information remotely to make sure it is current.
- You can have your laptop actually talk! You can set your laptop to announce a warning/prevention message on boot-up. (recommended). If you check the STOLEN button in your account, your laptop can actually call out for help!
- You can communicate whatever you feel like sending out as a message by typing your new message into the message box that appears on the boot-up screen.
If your laptop is lost or stolen, and someone turns on your laptop, the Retriever will try to send out information that will help you find it. You can sign in to your www.frontdoorsoftware.com web site account and see information collected about where your stolen laptop is communicating from at anytime.
This is a commercial produst – $30 for one three year license – not a bad deal if you have an expensive laptop. Setting it up is very easy:
First you go through Four Registration Steps:
Upon completion, the information is sent to Frontdoor Software International Recovery’s’ website to set up our account:
Once registered you see this:
Then you can log-in to your account:
Once you log-in, you can then access your account and change settings:
The one drawback to this program is that if the thief is savvy enough to wipe the drive, this app gets wiped also. Most thieves (I think) are not so inclined. For $10/year, cheap insurance – you can try it out with a 90 day free trial. I love that you can scream at the thief!