Stolen Laptop - Tracking?

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Hi Everyone,

A buddy of mine had his house broken into and one thing that was stolen was his laptop. Any ideas on how it could be tracked online if the thief used it to connect to the Internet?

Thanks!
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What kind of laptop ?

Does it have any software that starts automaticly & connects to the internet using unique credentials? If any services are used and the service logs connections, that service may be able to give you an IP, which in turn could lead to an ISP, which given a police report of a stolen laptop may lead to the name on an internet account.
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That laptop was most likely hocked within hours of it being stolen. If it ever does get used again it will most likely be from someone that bought it at a pawn shop.
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Read this:

http://jungaling.com/katesplace/?p=91
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I heard of a thing not too long ago where someones laptop was stolen, then a few days later that persons friend called and asked if they were online because their messenger said they were. Somehow they managed to access the built in webcam and got a picture of the thief using the stolen laptop and the cops nabbed him and returned all the stolen goods.
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Nice information.
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will it be the same for vetofunks friend?
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Those are good news , I was wondering what would I do if my laptop will be stolen .
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Is there any other tricks to track the laptop thief?
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You could try a buddi console attached to the LT

http://www.buddi.co.uk/buddishop.html

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It's nice.
How can i use this?
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I remembered this post today when I came across Adeona
http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/

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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. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.

Adeona is designed to use 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.


Obviously, for a laptop that's already stolen this offers no solution, but I am looking at the documentation and all for possibly applying this to all my company laptops.
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Sorry, i am unable to find a proven method to find my stolen laptop.
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there is no more secure than having a security software.

go to this site : http://www.inspice.com
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Yes, this is good site
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There is a computer (the name escapes me at the moment) that makes a software that you can install on your computers and when it's stolen, you notify them and they can track it ANYWHERE in the world. I guess at this point, it's kinda not useful for your friend but maybe for his next laptop, he can look into it.
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Yes, its a better option for taking precaution for your laptop.
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vetofunk wrote:
Hi Everyone,

A buddy of mine had his house broken into and one thing that was stolen was his laptop. Any ideas on how it could be tracked online if the thief used it to connect to the Internet?

Thanks!

Sorry about that! However if you had some protecting, monitoring or tracking software (logintrap, etc) installed on your laptop, you'll certainly be able to track down thief.
Good luck!

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