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Technology: Track a Stolen Laptop with LoJack

Recover Your Hardware and Software After Theft

A fellow business owner had the misfortune of a home break-in. The thieves made off with three of his laptops. Like so many others, he’s taking extra precautions after the fact.

I, on the other hand, am proactive.

I take special care with my laptop because I run my entire business on it. I’m fanatical about backing up all my important data online, my laptop is never out of my sight when I travel, it’s password-protected, and I have a subscription to Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops by Absolute® Software.

This software “tracks, locates, and recovers stolen computers while providing you with the ability to protect your personal information from identify theft,” as stated on their Website. If my laptop is ever stolen, I’ll let Absolute know, and the software goes to work tracking its location. I will also be able to remotely delete all of my personal and sensitive files from the hard drive.

To password-protect a PC or laptop, click Start, Control Panel, double-click User Accounts. You should see where to create a password (make it memorable but hard for others to guess).

I hope I never need this protection, but I sleep better at night knowing it’s in place.

Peggy Duncan, SCORE Atlanta
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I’m a productivity and technology speaker, trainer, author, and consultant. I own The Digital Breakthroughs Institute in Atlanta GA.
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Discussion (7) Comment

  1. trainingVisitor

    Great site, I now have you bookmarked to come back again.

  2. Doug BelfioreVisitor

    Hi, Peggy. Thanks for your reply. I can give more information on the permanent ID system, but first, full disclosure: I am director of customer relations at a firm that provides a permanent marking solution that prevents theft and helps with recovery and inventory management. So I didn’t want to use your excellent blog for self-serving purposes, and wanted to keep my comments general. With your permission, I will post our website on this blog for visitors to see.

  3. Peggy DuncanVisitor

    Hi Doug, thanks for the tips. Sometimes I’ll leave a workshop with my laptop and have to stop by the store. I put the laptop in the trunk at the workshop…not at the store so I think that helps.

    Can you give us a little more info on the permanent ID system? Do you have something you can recommend? Thanks in advance.

  4. Peggy DuncanVisitor

    Thanks MJ, a friend of mine uses Laptop Cop and is happy with it.

  5. Doug BelfioreVisitor

    Ms. Duncan:

    Just read your post on laptop security. While you are certainly taking proactive measures to protect sensitive data and recover stolen equipment, as a representative of a laptop-security firm I am compelled to add to your recommendations that laptop users take appropriate actions to prevent theft and loss in the first place. Indeed, fighting crime is not easy, but it is much easier to stop a thief than it is to catch one! So, some basic common-sense suggestions in addition to yours:
    - Lock It Up Whenever Possible
    - Brand It With a Permanent ID Marking System to Make Illicit Resale Difficult, If Not Impossible.
    - Don’t Let It Out of Your Sight When It’s Not Locked Up.
    - Don’t Leave It In Your Car – Not Even In the Trunk.
    - Basically, Treat It As You Would Your Wallet or Your Purse.

    Doug Belfiore

  6. MJVisitor

    you may also want to consider laptop cop.

  7. Hi Doug, we appreciate the full disclosure. Could you add a blurb about the ID system with your link. Bear in mind that our readers are running solopreneurships and small businesses. Thanks.


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