Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167151/how-to-setup-your-laptop-with-tracking-software-in-case-you-ever-lose-it/
Apple offers a “Find My Mac” service to track a lost or stolen stolen Mac computer. However, Microsoft doesn’t provide an equivalent service for Windows PCs — not even for tablets running Windows 8.
I've had Prey downloaded on my laptop's desktop for a few weeks now. If Prey runs as an MS service, disabling it would be quite easy, and that has kept me from installing.
It's not possible to separate me from my laptop. Also, I've got two others
Is there anything out there that can track my Chromebook/ ChromeOS?
The article started out pretty interesting until I realized it was probably just a sales pitch because there were no other free alternatives or suggestions given.
If you read the very end there are 2 more suggestions.
What happens if they swap out the HDD? I'm not a laptop thief, but if I were to steal a laptop that would be the first thing i do unless I was stealing it for the information on the HDD. But then I guess some people might have their BIOS set to lock up as soon as hardware is changed, and maybe, just maybe some people an encrypted drive. But for the average user that doesn't know about any of this, the tracking software is pretty much useless if they swap out the drive, isn't it? Or format it?
If the manufacturers of motherboards and such could implement this sort of tracking ability on the hardware side, that would be a much better solution. Setting up something like that in BIOS and having it to connect to any free hotspot during bootup to check in with the mother ship, or even better, just using the ethernet connection for a faster checkin while booting up if the cable is plugged in. As soon as it gets a message from the server that reports its MAC address or serial number as lost, it can lock up and send the owner whatever information he needs, i.e. Location and whether anything has been tampered with, i.e. HDD swap or format.
If you couldn't swap out hardware, how'd you upgrade?
You would still be able to swap the hardware and upgrade, you just have to put in your bios password or key to let the system know that you the owner are the one who changed something.
Program doesn't work very well. The Geo-location is way off. When tested it shows me about 5 miles aways from where my IP originates. Any other useful progs???
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