Laptops, more often than not, carry personal and sensitive data in them. It can prove to very valuable. Of course that is not the case with every laptop. Either way, keeping the laptop safe from other people is of prime importance to people who spend majority of their time on the laptop working etc. This could be because they do not want to lose the important data stored in the laptop. This is one of the many reasons why we have so many useful backup tools that we can use including cloud storage and other online backup tools. Of course, there are always chances of one losing his or her laptop to a thief and you can never know the said thief will do with the data inside the computer.
That is exactly why it is very important to be cautious, and no matter how secure everything is, we need to assure that the data can be manipulated remotely. So how would you be able to do that if your laptop is stolen and you can no longer access it? Thankfully, there are loads of software firms which are investing heavily in applications that will help you with that stuff in case the laptop is stolen. After the jump, go through the list of 5 Applications to Track your Stolen Laptop. They will prove useful. As always, your comments are welcome.
Using this particular tool, you will be given access to an online control panel. There, you will find all the tools you need to find your devices easily.
It will give you a timestamp report on the whereabouts of your laptop. If you so will, you can remotely lock and prevent access to the laptop. If you are lucky enough, you can also take the picture of thief. Of course, he will have to be using the laptop at one point, and your laptop will need to be equipped with a working camera. If you are worried about your data, the tool will let you wipe off your stored passwords. This helps you in case the thief is looking to abuse your online accounts. The software is available on many different platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux and loads more. So you do not have to worry about compatibility, however you will have to churn out around $5 per month for a personal version of the software. Also, you can try the program for free for the first three devices you hook it up with.
4. Find my Mac
As suggested by the name, you will understand that this software is only available for Mac OS X and iOS. This particular application will offer you few services that Prey does not. Of course, you will have to be heavily into the Apple ecosystem for being able to use this service. If you are looking to use this service, make sure under System Preference – iCLoud, Find my Mac is ticked. Using this service, you will be able to track your device for free at all times. You will also be remotely able to lock your Mac hardware. There you go, all your worries gone.
This particular service is only available on Windows. It will be able to give you tools that you will then be able to use to spy on the thief. You can find their location, and you can even screen capture all their activities. Yeah, no privacy concern is present her since it was your laptop that was stolen. You will know exactly what the thief is doing on your laptop. The more information you get out of his usage, the more the chances that he is finally caught. This tool will also provide you with ways to delete files from your computer in case it is stolen, and all that is possible remotely.
If you are looking to use this service, please understand that it is only available on Windows and Mac OS X. It will cost you around $14.99 per year. This particular service basically allows one to track and retrieve stolen cars. It has since extended its services to cover the laptops as well. Their retrieval system also works for smartphones and tablets. Once you install the software, it is locked in the BIOS. That means, that the software cannot be removed even if the hard drive is completely wiped out. In addition to locking and locating your laptop, you can even send out a team of investigators in order to retrieve your laptop.
Lastly, we have a service that is available for Mac OS X. The price starts at $49.00. This is a Mac-only tracking software and functions in a way quite similar to that of Find My Mac. This however, is not a subscription application. You just pay for it once. You can log keys, take photos and see what the thief is up to. You can do all that remotely.