Re: For Laptops
From: Moe Trin (ibuprofin_at_painkiller.example.tld)
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 19:12:56 -0500
In the Usenet newsgroup alt.computer.security, in article
<43111FA5.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Poster 60 wrote:
>> Poster 60 wrote:
>>>If you have important data on your laptop or if you travel a lot with
>>>one you may want to consider this:
[STRONG aroma of snake-oil detected]
Domain Name: LOJACKFORLAPTOPS.COM
Absolute Software Corp.
111 Dunsmuir St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6A3
Record created on 15-Mar-2005.
I wonder if these con-artists got permission from LoJack Corporation in
Westwood, Massachusetts (USA) to use the name - probably not
>> Wont do any good once C: is wiped out by the theifs.
or if the lap-doggy is connected behind a firewall, or doesn't have a
modem... yeah - there are a few problems. But it _looks_ like it might
do something... not sure what.
Web Results 1 - 10 of about 2,740,000 for disk encryption. (0.23
Web Results 1 - 10 of about 832,000 for computer recovery theft. (0.28
(The first two links are to the same company absolute.com, as is the pop-up
Web Results 1 - 10 of about 299,000 for trace stolen computer. (0.25
>As noted on the learn more page:
> Our patented software is hidden and virtually tamperproof, surviving
>most hard drive reformats and operating system reinstallations.
[bash ]# /bin/dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=2048 count=536870912
Your one Terabyte hard disk is now all zeros, INCLUDING the MBR. The
program that did that is a part of several O/S - I'd use Toms RootNBoot,
which is the whole deal on a single 3.5 inch floppy. On a 32 bit
computer, that command scales to a eight Terabyte max (expandable to
32 Terabyte with several keystrokes), which is likely to be larger than
your hard drive for the next two or three years.
If you have important data on your disk ENCRYPT THE WHOLE FREAKIN' DISK
using any of the better applications you can find above. Make sure that
you use a strong passphrase and that this passphrase is NOT stored on
the computer. Even if your lap doggy is recovered after being stolen,
how do you know that the "secret data" you have on the disk (the credit
card numbers, the passwords to that Pr0n site, what-ever) hasn't been
copied. (Is that a "Duh" moment you just had?) If you can't figure that
out, you probably should not be trusted with anything as complicated as
a digital watch, much less a computer.
] System Requirements
] * Windows XP
] * Internet Connection and/or Hayes-compatible modem
] * Internet Explorer 6 and above
Doesn't support other versions of windoze, much less any other operating
systems. Requires Intersnot Exploiter - thanks, but none of my users
are so st00pid as to trust software with back doors and exploits out the