Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Track Your Stolen Laptop, then Get it Back

Absolute Software has just revealed an innovative method of tracking laptop and mobile computing devices using a firmware-based application. Called Computrace, the new asset management solution relies on a patented
piece of software that integrates into the computer's BIOS.

The new service will be integrated into Intel's upcoming Anti-Theft technology and will unlock new possibilities for the unfortunate users whose laptops have been stolen.

"For more than a decade, Absolute Software has single-handedly created and developed the market for BIOS-persistent, Internet-based tracking of mobile computers. Computrace is also capable of remotely deleting data and physically recovering lost or stolen computers – assisting customers in complying with data privacy regulations," said John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute Software.

Absolute and Intel will closely collaborate to integrate the asset management application, data protection and computer theft recovery services in the chip manufacturer's Anti-Theft Technology. The service will enhance the anti-theft security technology that is expected to come pre-integrated in the upcoming Centrino 2 mobile platform.

The Computrace Software Agent comes already included in the motherboard's BIOS. At the moment, a wide range of BIOS manufacturers support this function, therefore there will be no compatibility issues or a limited number of implementers. Users can activate Computrace with the purchase of a one- to four-year subscription.

When the notebook is stolen, the Computrace software sends a specific signal over the Internet to the monitoring center. According to the company, the signal is discrete and will not make the thief suspicious. The notebook provides critical information regarding its location, which allows law enforcement agencies to come and pick it up.

According to the company, the Computrace technology has played a key role in the recovery of more than 5,000 lost or stolen computers belonging to its subscribers.

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