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Old 02-27-2009, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:37 AM
 
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You can make a "poor mans version" of this if you have your own server and have a little bit of programming knowledge. What you'll do is set the browsers homepage to a page on your site e.g. example.com/my_IP_sniffer_page.php When the browser is opened it will go to this page and you can record the IP. Use a redirect to Google or something so they never see the original, simple and effective. Certainly isn't going to work in all cases especially if they wipe the drive or something but it's better than nothing.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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The problem with these "applications" (the other is LoJack for laptops) is that they're applications. Meaning its installed on the OS. So anyone who stole the laptop for the hardware itself and has any common sense would simply wipe the entire drive (as indicated by thecoalman), and thereby wiping out said program. Or simply boot them with a thumb drive ...

In most cases though (especially with enterprises), the more valuable asset is the data residing on the laptop, not the hardware. So whole disk encryption would be more important than laptop retrieval software... assuming having both would be cost prohibitive.
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:57 AM
 
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There's one system I came across and I forget the specifics but it worked at the BIOS level and may even have been hardware installed on specific MOBO's. It would do the phone home thing and if reported stolen would erase/encrypt the drives and lock them out.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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There's one system I came across and I forget the specifics but it worked at the BIOS level and may even have been hardware installed on specific MOBO's. It would do the phone home thing and if reported stolen would erase/encrypt the drives and lock them out.
Yup - Absolute's Computrace service.... they're probably others too....
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'd bet most thieves don't care what's on the puter, they just want a quick buck.
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