Laptop Wipes Itself If Lost or Stolen

Since it seems many government agencies can't keep their hands on their laptops, a U.K. company has come up with a potential solution.

Sold as a hosted service, Virtuity's BackStopp server monitors a protected laptop using any medium available, including the Internet, or locally using Wi-Fi or GSM.

If a laptop is reported stolen -- or even just moved from a designated space - the system can reach out and execute a file deletion routine that clears the laptop of all important data.

For laptops stolen while switched off, the location system can use RFID tags to make a judgement about whether that movement is within allowed parameters. A full log of all deletions is sent back to the service center once completed.

Ironic, or perhaps poetic justice that it's a U.K. company, considering the heavily publicized data losses last year in the U.K.  Unfortunately, those were CDs, and this wouldn't help with that - unless someone comes up with a self-destructing CD.

Via:  PC World
Tags:  laptop, OS, Wipe, IP, AP
Comments
entermymatrix03 6 years ago

Take that bad boy out of state with you and you're screwed! : ) HAHA that would suck. We load a piece of software on our laptops at work and it supposidly cannot be uninstalled. There is a way that our corporate office tracks them and can erase the data once hooked to the internet. If it really works is beyond me.  

werty316 6 years ago

Good thing its not something from Mission Impossible or you would have a heck of alot of iddy bitty parts. 

digitaldd 6 years ago

 There was a company that made a PCMCIA card awhile back with a TPM chip in it and an Alarm. the laptop would not boot without the card in it,the card encrypted the hard disk and required a password to bootup. Also the card had a motion sensor and alarm if it were left armed somewhere the alarm would go off if the laptop moved more than some set amount. Too bad the company never made express card or MiniPCIe version of it as it is most new laptops don't have PCMCIA slots anymore. Sad

jackdrogba 4 years ago

There was a company that made a PCMCIA card awhile back with a TPM chip in it and an Alarm. the laptop would not boot without the card in it,the card encrypted the hard disk and required a password to bootup. Also the card had a motion sensor and alarm if it were left armed somewhere the alarm would go off if the laptop moved more than some set amount. Too bad the company never made express card or MiniPCIe version of it as it is most new laptops don't have PCMCIA slots anymore. You are right.

Inspector 4 years ago

jackdrogba what? lol

but like enter said... if you forgot about this and were to go on a road trip or somehting it would start deleting the files... lol

mentaldisorder 4 years ago

This thread is old, stop posting in old threads.

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