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Safe keeping of photographic memories on laptops

Absolute Software : 23 December, 2008  (Technical Article)
William Pound of Absolute Software comments on the Duchess of York's photographs and how this kind of problem can be prevented
Laptops are a tool used to do business, but they do blur into our personal lives as we are also likely to keep personal information on them - everything from bank statements to friends and family's contact details and photographs. So what happens when laptops are lost or stolen?

Without back up, all of the files, documents and photos that are kept on laptops will be lost forever and worse still, could be put to malicious use. The Duchess of York is the latest victim of laptop theft, and has reportedly lost irreplaceable photos of her and her family, which ironically were going to be archived.

There is a simple answer, tracking and recovery software which is already installed on most leading laptop manufacturers' devices. This would have meant that, not only could the Duchess's photographs have been backed up automatically, even if they hadn't, they could have been retrieved remotely from the stolen laptop and deleted from it once they had been saved. This would have removed all fears of the pictures getting into the wrong hands.

Computrace from Absolute Software is not only capable of retrieving and deleting files remotely from lost or stolen laptops, it can also track the device itself, which means the thief can be brought to justice and the laptop returned to its rightful owner.

For more information on Absolute and its range of Computer Theft Recovery, Data Protection and Secure Asset Tracking solutions, please visit Absolute Software's web site.
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