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LoJack security comes to Apple laptops

updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed July 19, 2006

LoJack comes to Macs

Computrace has announced a Mac-compatible version of its LoJack for Laptops tracking software, designed to help track down stolen laptops. The application detects that theft has taken place and transmits it's location to a server whenever a connection to the internet is available. When the LoJack central system is alerted that the laptop is stolen, law enforcement officers are informed as to the latest location of the laptop. LoJack requires a Mac OS X 10.3 or later, a Web browser such as Safari or Firefox, and an internet connection. A single year license is priced at $50, and users must pay on a yearly (or up to four years per payment) basis to maintain service.




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  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nice but...

    Someone beat them to it, with a little more features at a less cost also, called Undercover: http://orbicule.com/

  1. scdean

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Better...

    I have MacPhoneHome and it works perfectly. Sends an email to my office every time I connect. One time price as long as the Co. stays in business....

  1. redeye78

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Umm...

    So if someone steals your laptop, all they have to do is wipe the hard dive and reinstall the software.

  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: umm...

    Not if you enable Open Firmware Password, which is on both Intel and PPC Macs.

  1. Macsnscott

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nope

    Intel Macs do not have open firmware. Besides, locking OF can be defeated rather easily.

  1. rwahrens1952

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: umm...

    from antecdotal stories I've seen about software like this recovering laptops, a lot of thieves aren't smart enough to do that. What you suggest assumes they have copies of the software to reinstall, which most thieves dont' - they DID, after all, just steal the laptop, didn't they?

    Duh...

  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: nope

    No kidding about Intel Macs. But the software discs have Open Firmware Password on them, and it works. I know, I have it enabled. And yes, disabling open firmware is easily defeated but how many theives will take the time to disable it?

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