If you’re tempted to buy a cheap laptop that the seller says fell of the back of a truck, you might want to think again.
EMS, the local reseller of StopWeb, an Australian device for tracking stolen laptops, is testing the recovery process with police, says security group manager Peter Benson.
StopWeb works by using software to track a laptop, either across the internet or through a dedicated dial-up server hosted by EMS. The software compiles a list of serial numbers from components which are registered in a database. When a laptop is reported stolen to the police, EMS will activate StopWeb and track the laptop until it is located, at which point the matter is handed back to the police. “The police work with ISPs and telcos to locate the laptop,” says Benson.
Toshiba NZ is including StopWeb as part of its Snap school computer programme, which offer parent laptops and other products in a package not available to the commercial or retail market.