Catch your Laptop Thief for Free | A Laptop Theft Solution

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Consider you have an important business meeting the next day and being the company's finest sales executive, everyone looks up to you. You do your homework, save all your data and prepare a presentation for tomorrow on your laptop. You are quite confident that you would be able to convince the hall and expect a followed up raise. Driving back home to have some rest for the big day, you stop by a super store to grab a pack of lights. When you return you find your side window broken with shattered glass all over the place and to your worst nightmares, your laptop stolen.

These and many more such incidents are quite common these days. Laptop being stolen is shocking as well as frustrating not only to the business executives but also to geeks and average people. Here are some news related to stolen/lost laptops. 

  • Laptops lost like hot cakes at US airports [ ]
  • Laptops could betray users in the developing world [ ]
  • Best Way To Get Back a Stolen Computer? [ slashdot ]
  • 12,000 Laptops Lost Weekly At Airports [ slashdot ]
  • Increase in Stolen Laptops Endangers Data Security [ ]
  • Recovering a Lost or Stolen Gadget [ slashdot ]
  • Which Lost/Stolen Laptop Trackers Do You Like? [ slashdot ]
  • "Back To My Mac" Catches a Thief [ slashdot ]
Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service which is a project of University of Washington. What it does is that it sits in the background of your computer and continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The Mac OS X version also has an option to capture pictures of the laptop user or thief using the built-in iSight camera. Moreover, the developers assure that privacy is their top concern and all the information is accessible only to the owner via encryption methodologies.

All you have to do is download the software and intall it and leave the rest to Adeona.

This software is being developed by the Ph.D. students Gabriel Maganis and Thomas Ristenpart, working with UW faculty members Tadayoshi Kohno and Arvind Krishnamurthy.

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