[unisog] Computer tracking software

Casey L. Moore casey.moore at slcc.edu
Tue Apr 4 14:43:08 GMT 2006

We've used CompuTrace (Absolute's solution) as well for our laptops.  We
recovered a system that was stolen, re-imaged, and then sold on e-bay.
It showed up in Colorado.  The company worked with the local police on
both sides to recover and return the system.  

Casey L Moore
Technical Director
Salt Lake Community College 

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[mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.sans.org] On Behalf Of Art Exner
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 6:20 PM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Subject: Re: [unisog] Computer tracking software

Not that I have a great deal of experience with this product segment,
but I 
did use a product called AbsoluteTrack from Absolute Software 
(www.absolute.com) to monitor/track some 130 laptops used in the 2005 
Canada Summer Games.

It was certainly good enough, and let us recover a couple of misplaced 
machines (volunteers are not the most disciplined IT stewards).

For what it's worth...

--On April 3, 2006 5:56 PM -0400 Brian Smith-Sweeney 
<bsmithsweeney at nyu.edu> wrote:

> Hello all,
> We have a campus-wide insurance policy for computers which protects
> users from (among other things) losses due to theft.  This policy
> with a deductible, which according to our insurance provider is waived
> if the user installs "tracking software". They recommend CrossingGuard
> for the PC, and MacPhoneHome for the Mac, for this purpose.
> I took a quick look at CrossingGuard and wasn't too happy with it, so
> I'm looking at alternatives.  The obvious next choice for us is
> Home, since our insurance provider is already familiar with
> Has anyone had any experiences with PhoneHome or other tracking
> they would like to share?
> Cheers,
> Brian
> --
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> ITS Technology Security Services, New York University
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Art Exner
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University of Regina
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