Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Rising tide of targeted mobile computer thefts is grounds for equipping laptops with GPS tracking technology

A laptop computer is a potentially lucrative acquisition for any thief. In some cases they’re seeking these machines because they're determined to obtain identifiable information that facilitates identity theft, account takeover, or medical fraud. Owners need to be aware of the information on their laptops and its worth to criminals. Organizations whose proprietary and sensitive data reside on laptop computers should install on these machines affordable antitheft safeguards such as Internet-based GPS tracking, encryption technology, and systems to remotely retrieve and delete data.

One briefly unattended machine sitting on a coffee table in an Internet café may contain data worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to a savvy criminal. But companies like MyLaptopGPS's, whose product of the same name uses Internet-based GPS (a technology more affordable and user-friendly than other types of GPS tracking), offer hope by not only tracking lost laptops with Internet-based GPS, but also encrypting and silently removing and retrieving files from the machines—at once returning the data to its rightful owner and deleting it on the stolen computer. Users can invoke MyLaptopGPS’s functions remotely.

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