Lesson of The Day: Protect Your Laptop

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by R. Asmerom

By now, you might’ve heard about the stolen laptop that was recovered by vigilante justice and the phone tracking device called Prey. If anything, the story of Sean Power and how he got back his stolen laptop is a great reminder to all of us to protect our expensive tech wares.

The story goes that Power, who had the tracking device already installed on his laptop, used it to locate his stolen laptop at a bar in downtown Manhattan.  Although he had the location and the name of the person who was using his laptop (he was able to access that info when the user signed in to different websites), the police would not act on the information since he did not file a police report.

A friend’s laptop was also stolen recently and although she was able to track down its whereabouts, the police refused to act on it since they could not prove if it was stolen or found after it went missing.

In any case, Power tweeted to his followers who were near the bar. One of his buddies eventually snatched back the laptop, without any resistance.

So you may not have the law on your side but you sure can get defensive by installing a tracking device. It seems like the only way to be safe these days is by giving up more of your personal freedoms, doesn’t it?

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