The stories about stolen laptops seem to be never-ending, with one of the most recent involving a National Institutes of Health employee whose laptop was stolen from his trunk and contained information on thousands of employees.
IT Business Edge blogger Carl Weinschenk has frequently discussed the importance of securing laptops. Among the tips he's offered to help limit danger to laptops is Absolute's LoJack for Laptops. Absolute came up again last month when the company released a study showing that 62 percent of respondents say missing computers aren't even noticed.
Fellow IT Business Edge blogger and analyst Rob Enderle also has mentioned the need for a tracking device to locate laptops.
Those tracking systems actually work. InfoWorld reports that Absolute Software's LoJack system was used to catch alleged laptop thieves at Tampa International Airport. Absolute's monitoring center was able to locate the laptop when someone used it to log on to the Internet.
Stolen laptops may make fewer headlines now that Absolute has inked a deal with Intel to put its Computrace LoJack for Laptops on Intel Centrino notebooks. The press release doesn't say when the outfitted notebooks will be available. But no doubt, avoiding the PR nightmare alone will make the subscription fee well worth it.