WHAT IS IT?
Laptop theft protection, monitoring, and recovery software.
Laptop theft is a widespread crime that should be of great concern to any small business. Losses associated with laptop theft top $7 million or more per year in the U.S., and that’s not even counting the significant personal losses from identity theft that tend to follow a theft.
Since it certainly isn’t possible to prevent theft in every circumstance, installing a software solution enabling laptop recovery, thief monitoring, and remote file retrieval is a powerful step toward ensuring security. We’ve found that even though we take every precaution to prevent theft, we sleep better at night knowing there is an extra layer of protection in place right on the laptop itself. After all, the last thing you need is to lose the confidence of your customers and employees because of compromised security.
Until recently, there were a couple of software solutions for stolen laptops that offered fairly similar features. When Laptop Cop from Awareness Technologies integrated real-time geo-location using Wi-Fi, it became the indispensable choice for all of us at Small Biz Toolbox.
Of course, a feature providing you with the real-time location of your stolen laptop is a marquee attribute bound to impress. Laptop Cop’s other features shouldn’t be ignored, however, because together with geo-location, they comprise the “total package” of laptop security.
When a laptop is stolen, naturally, the first area of concern is the security of the files on the computer. Often, the files themselves are more valuable than the laptop, so the primary focus is on getting those files back safely. If a thief takes your laptop, you just log on to the Laptop Cop website to report it stolen. This activates the software, allowing you to retrieve sensitive and valuable files immediately. In addition, you are able to instantly begin deleting sensitive files that could compromise you or your customers. And we’re not talking garden-variety file deletion to the “trash can,” it’s actually the standard used by the U.S. Department of Defense. Delete selectively, or wipe the entire computer; it’s up to you.
Laptop Cop gives you the power to perform these vital functions as soon as possible, after which a recovery agent can begin working on an actual physical recovery. The agent can even lock down the computer itself, making it virtually impossible for the thief to use the laptop in any way. Depending on the situation, Laptop Cop agents can help you determine whether it’s better to lock the laptop down, or to monitor the thief’s activities to help determine his or her personal information to supply to authorities.
Small business owners can rest easy, knowing that if they can show that data was destroyed prior to being accessed, there is no need to report it. This limits your legal exposure as well, in the event of a laptop theft.
All these features combine to give you an ironclad sense of security when it comes to the laptops used by your business.
Unfortunately, Mac users won’t enjoy this level of security, since Laptop Cop is for PC users only.
"I am amazed. I lost my laptop this morning and thanks to your product, I now know that it was actually stolen. It's almost 6pm as I write this and I already have the two most important files that were on that computer back in my hands. I cannot thank you enough."