Absolute Software helps reunite lost laptops and their owners by listening to the kidnapped machines’ cries for help. Its software, dubbed CompuTrace, sits undetectably and irremovably on a laptop’s hard drive and forces the laptop to automaticallycheck in with a company server every time it connects to the Internet. When that connection is made by a notebook computer that’s been reported as stolen, Absolute checks IP addresses and other clues that allow the firm’s recovery team to identify the computer’s exact physical location. The company then coordinates with local law enforcement officials to find and retrieve the laptop. The company claims an 80 percent success rate.
accesses the Internet. And in cases where the laptop fails to communicate with the host server, the system will automatically take defensive action based on pre-set rules and conditions, such as the maximum elapsed time between communication attempts or number of unsuccessful login attempts.
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