Intel is working on new technology that would better secure laptops in the case of theft. It’s being called “Anti-Theft Technology”, aka ATT, and they plan to roll it out later this year (although, according to the article, it won’t be available for some time). … Read more
There’ s a good article at MobilityToday.com about security for mobile users – it looks at physical and network security, as well as what are the major threats (not just laptop theft). Well-written, and covers what they consider to be five major areas that mobile users need to be aware of: physical security, application/data security, network security, physical device theft, and wireless security.
CNET is running an article about a study that Symantec did, that estimates just how much a laptop is worth, when you factor in the data stored on the laptop.
In kind of a follow-up to the mention of the biometric/fingerprint-reader hardware security options, there is also software available for those who don’t have that option, that may help you recover a stolen notebook.
Gizmodo mentions a piece of software for tracking stolen Macs (iBook, PowerBook, MacBook), called Orbicule Undercover. In addition to emailing IP information, it sends other information that may help identify the person(s) who stole or received a stolen Apple notebook. Undercover costs $29.99 and the money is refunded if your notebook can’t be tracked down.
In the course of the discussion that followed, a Gizmodo user pointed to a Windows-based piece of software, from Absolute Software, called CompuTraceComplete and CompuTrace LoJack, that has similar goals, and has the added bonus of a “Absolute Recovery Guarantee (PDF)” of up to $1000 dollars if they are unable to help you recover it within 60 days.
EFYTimes.com reported last month that sometime in January, Lenovo would sell its one millionth biometric ThinkPad. This should make it the first manufacturer with an integrated fingerprint-reader in its notebook lineup to hit the one million mark.