Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Identity thieves will steal anyone’s identity. They especially like to prey on young people, whose credit records are still clean and useful for new car loans, mortgages, and more under fake auspices. With so much theft of laptop computers storing Social Security numbers and all sorts of other information on students everywhere, GPS tracking and other safeguards for these machines must become a priority.
MyLaptopGPS is a firm that offers a product of the same name that uses GPS to track the whereabouts of misplaced and stolen laptops. MyLaptopGPS™ employs Internet-based GPS, a system characterized by affordability and user-friendliness. Going a step further, MyLaptopGPS™ also installs software that encrypts and remotely removes and retrieves files from lost laptops—at once returning the data to its rightful owner and deleting it on the stolen machine. MyLaptopGPS does what it’s designed to do remotely, covertly, and inexpensively.
Products such as MyLaptopGPS's bring enormous piece of mind to any organization, especially one with perhaps limited financial resources, such as an educational institution. MyLaptopGPS allows responsible and conscientious educators and administrators to track stolen laptops—and protect their students’ wellbeing.
Last fall, numerous laptop computer thefts affected college and high school students:
- The Associated Press reported on Nov. 14, 2006, that a laptop computer had been recovered from a student at Connors State College, a school near Oklahoma City. According to the article, the student allegedly stole the machine, which contained Social Security numbers and other identifying information on thousands of students at the school.
- As reported by the Dailyrecord.com on Nov. 13, 2006, a K-8 school in Boston Township, N.J. lost four laptop computers to theft on Nov. 6. On Nov. 9, 2006, cbs11tv.com reported on the theft of 24 laptop computers from a Fort Worth, Texas high school.
- According to a Nov. 7, 2006 article in diamondbackonline, the University of Maryland’s online student newspaper, laptop thefts at the school in 2006 tripled over 2005.
- The Associated Press reported on Nov. 2, 2006, that a laptop computer in Philadelphia had been stolen from an insurance brokerage firm to compromise the Social Security numbers and related, identifying information on 1,200 Villanova University students.
- On Nov. 1, 2006, the Dailypress.com reported that a laptop computer containing sensitive, identifying information on 4,600 high school senior ROTC scholarship candidates had been stolen from the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Fort Monroe, Virginia headquarters.
- Also on Nov. 1, 2006, the Cambridge Times, a U.K. publication, reported that a Fenland, England school that lost to burglars over the past six months £20,000 in equipment had since installed tracking technology on all its computers, including laptops.
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