Like the movie ET, phoning home is becoming a standard for some computers who now can call home. Systems which are armed with tracking technology are being recovered from all over the world after being stolen. According to this article which states:

Alan McInnes, general manager with the Association of Chief Police Officers crime prevention initiatives, told the technology will help stamp out computer theft.

McInnes said: “The more widely this technology is used the more the risk goes up and the more it will devalue the attractiveness of computer theft. This tracking technology has already proven itself useful for recovering large numbers of cars, its success rate is about 95 per cent, and we hope it will do the same for computers. You not only recover the stolen property you are looking for, you often will uncover more stolen property and other related crimes.”

The most effective type of tracking software is buried within the bios of a computer’s motherboard during manufacture, making it resistant to hard disc wiping or removal.

When a stolen machine is connected to the internet it will contact a monitoring centre to report its Internet Protocol address, allowing police to trace its location through the internet service provider.

This is a great service and should be incorporated on all laptops.

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