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Technology to the Rescue

Magazine article Information Today

Technology to the Rescue

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While Absolute Software's Computrace Plus (commercial version) and Computrace LoJack for Laptops (consumer version) software were initially developed 11 years ago, others are newer and more limited. For example, zTrace now works overseas and refers its U.S. customers to Absolute Software; RemotePROTECT is designed especially for PDAs.

Absolute Software's solutions are now on 700,000 laptops, according to John Livingston, CEO of the Vancouver, B.C.-based company. Lenovo, Dell, and other manufacturers have been including the software on new products since the end of 2005. Users of older computers can install the product via the Internet; it has an annual subscription fee.

Both versions of the software work in much the same way. The software pings subscribers' laptops daily via the Internet, recording the IP address. The pinging element of the software is in the laptop's BIOS, so simply wiping the hard drive or taking other measures won't remove the security feature, according to Livingston. …

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