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What are the possible ways for prevention of laptop theft?

Hi !

I'm looking for some security hw/sw based solution for my laptop (non standard solution maybe? open the case and add a gsm module.. ). Any means that could:

send a location through gsm, gprs, wifi, lan..

so that the thief does not normally know that it's sending something. I've read about Intel anti-theft technology which also looks good, but I think that the thief can open the case and change the CPU to another one.. anyways, is this solution available for home end users too ?

I'll appreciate any ideas Thank you :)

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Desolder and resolder a CPU in a laptop? How little will the Laptop be worth in resale at that point? –  Everett Nov 22 '10 at 9:31
    
Alright.. I admit, it's a bit of nonsense.. –  PaN1C_Showt1Me Nov 22 '10 at 9:56

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LoJack for Laptops

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Well.. there is some kind of a SW installed directly into bios. What happens if I open the the case and reset cmos with the jumper? –  PaN1C_Showt1Me Nov 22 '10 at 9:37
    
@PaN1C_Showt1Me There isn't software/hardware that is unstoppable. You can remove the hardware/software of anything. If it's stored on the hard drive, remove the hard drive. If it's stored on a chip, remove the chip (or power to the chip, or reset the chip). If you install a GPS, when I open the laptop, I'm going to see your hack job and remove it. If your requirement is "hackerproof" the answer is, nothing exists that meets that requirement, nor is it economically feasible, nor necessary. –  Everett Nov 22 '10 at 9:45
    
@PaN1C_Showt1Me This will likely be deleted as a duplicate subject anyway: superuser.com/questions/205568/… superuser.com/questions/94229/… –  Everett Nov 22 '10 at 9:46
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@PaN1C_Showt1Me - I'd like to point out, you are thinking like someone playing a game instead of a thief that stole a laptop. Most thieves that steal a laptop are opportunists (College campuses, Coffee shops, etc..). An opportunity to bag a laptop pops up and they snag it. Then they can keep it and use it, or turn it in to quick cash. For quick cash they aren't going to bother with opening the system. Just get it on the market for money. They may take it to a fence, Craigslist it, or pawn it. Regardless, just because they steal laptops, doesn't mean they know anything about them. –  Everett Nov 22 '10 at 9:51
    
Alright.. you are definitely right, I was playing with this topic, not taking in mind real behavior of those people.. –  PaN1C_Showt1Me Nov 22 '10 at 9:58

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