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How to prepare your PC or laptop for theft

Today I was searching for some software which can track my lost laptop. There, I found a software for Windows XP and Vista which provides the following features:

  • Geo-location is determined by wi-fi signal
  • Remotely delete files from the stolen laptop
  • Remotely retrieve files from the stolen laptop
  • Monitor and control everything the thief does
  • Lock down the stolen laptop if desired

Can somebody please help me to know, how one can automatically enable remote connection to the laptop and retrieve or delete files, monitor the thief (i.e. set webcam on automatically) and lock the system?

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marked as duplicate by alex, Troggy, Diago Nov 12 '09 at 13:23

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Once it's been stolen, there's no real way of connecting to it, unless you've installed the tracking software before the actual event. –  alex Nov 11 '09 at 9:46
    
Is it already lost? If so then ignore my answer below, there is no way to remote connect to it. –  admintech Nov 11 '09 at 9:51
    
For additional information, you can look here: superuser.com/questions/17701/… –  alex Nov 11 '09 at 10:01
    
Out of curiosity, do you use a password to login to your laptop? If so, I don't see how phone-home software can run automatically. –  invert Nov 11 '09 at 12:15
    
@kbmonkey, a service can run at computer start, even before a user is logged in. –  Snark Nov 11 '09 at 13:44

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LAlarm™ is free laptop alarm security software. LAlarm sounds an alarm when a laptop is in danger of being stolen or losing data, and it can recover and destroy data if the laptop is stolen. LAlarm consists of five alarms and other security functions designed to protect laptops and sensitive data.

FAQ are here.

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There are commercial packages. I have read many good things about this one. I believe Dell offers something like this as an option.

http://www.absolute.com/products/lojackforlaptops

I guess a great deal depends on what value you place on the hardware and data

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It uses the BIOS firmware to persist after a drive format or reinstall, even for Linux, nice. –  invert Nov 11 '09 at 14:19

Something like logmein.com

Seems silly but, it will automatically connect when it has access to the internet, you can set it to send out no notification of connection, and it means if the thief leaves it on to download something you can activate gps, web cam etc

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