Do you want to Track Missing, Lost or Stolen Laptops ? Besids paid LoJack you can use free Adeona. University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego has free program called Adeona, to track your laptop’s whereabouts if it is lost.
Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there’s no need to rely on a single third party.
How it works ?
According to Adeona, the system uses the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software client installed on an owner’s laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information.
If you have Mac with a built-in camera Adeona has an option to capture pictures of the thief who is using your laptop.
How to install and Recover Stolen Laptops ?
Adeona is free to use and only requires downloading and installing a small software client, which can be downloaded here. Click here for the step-by-step installation guide for Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X or Linux operating system.