Open Source Software for Finding a Stolen Laptop

Posted on August 23, 2008 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of software like Lo Jack that helps you find your laptop should it ever get stolen. The biggest problem of course is the cost associated with the software. Today I found an interesting Open Source system for tracking and recovering stolen laptops. I haven’t had time to try the software yet, but this is definitely going on my to do list of software to try out.

How many times have we seen reports of a laptop stolen that had an entire database of personal or health information being stolen. Way too much. This could be an interesting and free solution. Even the best coded EMR software usually leaves at least some traces of PHI in Windows temp files for example. A free way to recover the laptop would be very beneficial.