Lo Jack is a nice little piece of software that, for $80.00 for the software and a one-year service subscription, helps in the location and recovery of stolen laptop computers (although it will also work on desktop computers). Install the software and it works just like Lo Jack for your car. There are also commercial versions, Computrace (laptops) and Computrack (desktops), available. If a computer with Lo Jack installed is reported to the company, (www.absolute.com), as being stolen, and if the computer is ever connected to the Internet, regardless of the connection method, the company, tracks its location and helps recover the computer. In the event the computer can't be recovered, the owner can authorize the company to erase the hard drive of that particular computer. Because of the way the software installs itself, it can withstand low-level reformatting of the hard drive. However, most thieves will only be interested in either using or selling the computer, not reformatting the drive. Tracking means several things. The company can generate a street map that tells the address of where the computer is located. If it is being used in dialup mode, it will generate the telephone number from which the computer is being used, and if it is being used on a network, it will generate the address the computer uses when it is online. The company also has its own security force that works with the police department in whose jurisdiction the laptop was located to help them recover the laptop. The software provides worldwide location but some countries are more difficult to retrieve from (one of my organizations laptops has been traced to Afghanistan but not recovered.) One caveat: Because the company works directly with the local police to recover stolen computers, the company will only help locate computers that have been reported by the owner to the local police department as being stolen. Lost or otherwise misplaced computers are not part of the location agreement. I know all of this because the organization for which I work has used the commercial version, called Computrace, for the past four years (for organizations with numerous computers, the cost per computer is much less than the $80 for the personal version and the length of the service agreement is negotiable). We have over 10,000 laptops in use and by using the software, we have had about a 70% recovery rate for the ones that are reported stolen. We have also found that some of our own employees reported "stolen" laptops, even to the police, when the laptops were really being used by relatives, pawned, etc. (initially employees did not know the tracking software was on the laptops). Because of the recovery rate for laptops, three years ago we also started putting the desktop version, called Computrack, on all desktop computers that we ordered. The company prices Computrack lower because, statistically, desktop computers are not stolen as often as are laptop computers. In fact several of the Tier 1 companies, IBM, Dell, HP, have Computrac residing in the CMOS of their desktop computers if you order the software as part of the specs for the computers you purchase. BTW, I do not work for or represent Absolute Software in any fashion other than being a satisfied customer who has been using their services and software for the past four years. With all of the laptop thefts that have occurred within the past several months, I thought that some of you might find this information to be of interest.