In 2004, more than 600,000
laptop thefts occurred in the United States, according to Safeware
Insurance, a company that insures electronics. And the average
annual financial loss resulting from a laptop theft is $89,000,
according to findings by an FBI Computer Crime and Security
survey in 2005.
Therefore, numerous companies offer protection to laptop owners
with security products such as anti-theft tags, steel cable locks,
and laptop lockers.
Stealth Signal, a Houston-based company, offers security in the
form of tracking software for laptops.
Stealth Signal supplies a software security tool that sits deep
inside the computer’s memory and sending out a distress
call every time a stolen computer is logged onto the Internet,” according
Once installed, Stealth Signal’s XTool Computer Tracker
secretly sends a signal to the company’s control center,
via telephone or Internet connection, every time a user reboots
the computer, logs the computer off and back on, and changes
the IP address (a computer’s unique numeric ID), according
to the Web site. The software-based transmitter allows a recovery
team to track the laptop’s location if and when it is reported
lost or stolen.
Another feature of Stealth Signal’s security tracker allows
users to delete files remotely. To use this feature, a user notifies
the company which files should be deleted, and the next time
the computer sends a signal, the computer receives a deletion
Stealth Signal’s tracking services are offered in yearly
subscriptions of $49.
HPU Assistant Professor of visual communication, L. Doug Ing,
himself a victim of laptop theft, recommends Stealth Signal.
A few years ago, after purchasing a new laptop, Ing dismissed
advice to acquire laptop security. “I looked into it but
thought that no one would ever steal my laptop,” said Ing. “Sixteen
months later, I entered my Harlem (New York City) apartment…and
saw that my laptop was missing.”
After being reunited with his laptop by some suspicious means
(he was approached by a man who required $300 to “retrieve” the
laptop), Ing came across Stealth Signal’s Web site through
an Internet search.
Although Ing has never had to use Stealth Signal’s tracking
services, he believes the company’s technology is reliable. “It’s
a small price to pay for peace of mind,” Ing said.
For more information and/or to purchase, visit stealthsignal.com.