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Security software aids iMac recovery, free to schools

updated 05:35 pm EST, Fri February 8, 2008

Waikato University iMac

Security tracking software designed at Waikato University aided in the recovery of a stolen iMac, which was taken from the home of a computer support group worker. reports that the software took pictures of the thief when the iMac was set up again, using the built-in iSight, and was able to pinpoint the machine's location to within 100 metres. The Police were able to arrest the man who stole the computer, and he is now facing a court hearing.

Dr. Steve Leichtweis, IT group manager for the University, said he plans to make the software available to all primary, secondary, and tertiary school institutions for no charge. He said the university is not interested in making money from the software, instead wanting to help prevent computer theft from these institutes.

"We hope it will be a deterrent to thieves who often treat schools as supermarkets," he said yesterday. "From our point of view, it's a great way of keeping track of your assets."

The software is currently Mac-only, but the IT group is developing the software for Windows PCs as well.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Make this public

    I'd be able to sell it with every laptop that goes out the door!

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