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by Fridayskids / August 23, 2006 12:46 AM PDT

Hey everyone Happy

Im off to college, in about a month and have been looking for a way to protect my new Laptop. Ive got all the anti virus and Firewalls im going to ever need, but I was told by the techies at school to invest in some sort of software that allows you to lock your computerfrom a remote location should it be stolen . They recommended I purchase this:
http://www.collegestudentinsurance.com/compsec_crossingguard.php


Could anyone be so kind as to give me some other programs like this one(and that are possibly free? Happy )

a million thanks
-Pete

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Forgot the computer specs!
by Fridayskids / August 23, 2006 12:48 AM PDT
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Im running Windows XP w/ SP 2
1 GB Ram
100 GB HDD
Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz

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Don't waste your money!
by masterblair / August 25, 2006 12:21 AM PDT

This program and others like it have major flaws.
First off, never buy a piece of software from a website that is not copyrighted for the current year. It means it is not updated enough.
Secondly the problem with the software is that the person who stole your computer would have to access the internet with your computer in order for it to help police at all. And people don't steal computer for the information they steal them for the cash. If your computer has been stolen, kiss it goodbye. Beyond looking through the dorm or asking questions on campus, before you notice it is gone it has probably already been sold on eBay.
If you want to protect your computer from theft look at locking it to your desk with a security cable. And when in public with it, keep an eye on it. Just be smart about it, you wouldn't leave an expensive car in the middle of a "bad part of town" unattended and with the doors open.

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Laptop security
by ranron / August 25, 2006 7:32 AM PDT
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Hi Pete,

Unfortunately laptop tracking software is like car insurance, compensation isn't free, but fortunately, it isn't as expensive. First you need to do several things before you buy any software. First call your laptop manufacturer's tech support as ask them if your laptop have Absolute Software's Computrace BIOS. This built in several manufacturer's computers features a chip that allows you to locate your laptop even if the thief has reinstalled the OS or changed the hard drive.

Even if your computer does not have the chip, you can still get the protection. The software available in purchases from select retailers in 1 year, 2 year, and 3 year licenses or online at www.lojackforlaptops.com.

If you go CompUSA, they have a $20 rebate now before the end of the month (Aug.). And if you bought your laptop within the last 3 months, you will entitled to the an additional $10.

Enough with rebates, but with the money you save, I advise you to also purchase a Kensington security lock. This locks your computer to an unmovable object, much like a bike chain, but instead of looping around a wheel, you insert the T-bar into the security slot on your computer and lock your computer.

Basically, my advice is but the software Computrace Lojack for Laptops.

Don't buy the Crossing Guard crap and definitely ignore what the other guy is saying. The lojack software has been proven to work.

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Proven To Work
by Merranvo / August 29, 2006 12:58 PM PDT
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If I was a laptop stealing enterprise
By Merry.

If I Stole Laptops, I think I'd be Smart
I'd turn them off and take them apart
I'd check to make sure a chip was not there
And if it was I'd get it out of my hair

Or if I wished to steal some infromation not my own
I would not yeald to a lock and tone
I would either remove the drive by force
Or use a disc to load, an linux cd of course!

So I bid you fair well my friend
Naive and trusting to the end
Yet before we do part
Keep your laptop safe at heart.


Basically if you steal laptops to sell them you just need to remove the chip or reformat the hard drive.

If you steal to gain infromation remove the harddrive or use a cd boot.


I recommend this. Just keep your laptop safe, you aren't going to leave it in the dinning room? Better yet, don't take it with you unless you NEED it (Not want to play games durring class)

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This article might help
by Heuchera / August 25, 2006 10:36 AM PDT
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