12 May '13, 6am

A hacker’s marginal security helps return stolen computer -

A hacker’s marginal security helps return stolen computer -

I don’t understand why this is “news”. Homegrown as well as commercial off-the-shelf solutions have been available for years, such as the popular “Undercover” for MacOS and Computrace for Windows. He does make a good point that less security can be advantage. Full Desk Encryption, BIOS/EFI passwords, and login passwords can both help and hinder asset recovery. These measures will usually prevent unauthorized users from connecting to the Internet and activating the anti-theft platform. A frustrated thief may try to sell the property, or they may abandon it. In the best case they will return it. It is a common suggestion to leave an unpriveleged “Guest User” available on laptops so that thieves (and guests) can use it. Make sure there is a web browser and you can connect to Wi-Fi. Remember, if the thief must reinstall the OS to use the computer, the reinstall would result in...

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