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Anti-Theft Phone
Monday, December 31, 2007

I know this commercial is pretty old, but it is still one of my favorites, what is a little nostalgia as we come up to a new year:

Holiday Gadgets Raise Endpoint Security Concerns
Friday, December 28, 2007

Centennial Software released a press release regarding endpoint security concerns with the influx of gifted gadgets in the workplace.

While lifestyle IT accessories such as iPods and PDAs may appear totally innocent, the fact is that in the wrong hands these removable media devices can present a serious endpoint security risk to any organization. And with the average financial impact of each security breach now exceeding $200,000, the cost of doing nothing has never been higher.

Centennial Software has an interesting solution to the use of these devices in the workplace, their product DeviceWall enables security staff to audit and manage all device connections and data transfers between corporate PCs and portable devices. It does not do much to prevent the theft of these removable devices, however is a great solution to mitigate the risks of employee data theft.

Apple Patent Hint: iPhone Cashless Service & Line Skipping
Friday, December 28, 2007

We knew it was coming, only a matter of time. Cell phones will be your wallets very soon. Apple appears to have filed a patent to do just this, enabling users to place orders at a Starbucks or local burger joint, pay with their phone and then being notified by their phones when their item is ready to be picked up. As we all know a cell phone is no longer just a phone, it is an MP3 player, contact manager, camera and life storage device. In the next few years we will be seeing them function more as our wallets and increasingly our identities as well.

What if this futuristic do-it-all device is stolen? It is not only an expensive piece of equipment, but now it will also be your wallet, social security card, drivers license and precious memories all rolled into one. The theft of this device can be devastating, enabling a thief to steal your money, your identity and memories. As these devices get smaller they will also become easier to steal and misplace. This will be a reality in the next few years and GadgetTrak will be there protecting and recovering phones lives.

New GadgetTrak Office
Wednesday, December 26, 2007

GadgetTrak will be moving to a new office at the start of the New Year!

We will be housed in the Open Technology Business Center. Our mailing address and phone number will still be the same, however our physical location will be changing to provide us more elbow room and resources.

Stores Caught Buying Stolen Property
Sunday, December 23, 2007

In Mount Vernon, New York a sting operation was conducted by police in response to reports that many stores were purchasing stolen goods and selling them as new products on their shelves.

During the sting operation several were charged with fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property.

Commissioner David Chong stated “we have trouble at this time of year, especially when people are buying presents and stuff, having homes broken into and presents taken from under the tree or cars and stuff,” he said. If stores are willing to accept the “hot” goods for resale, “it only promotes stealing, promotes theft,” he said.

Micro Logic GadgetTrak Write Up
Friday, December 21, 2007

Micro Logic in Quebec did a nice writeup on GadgetTrak on their site, and for those of whose French is more than a little rusty, here is a translated link. I love the image they used, looks like a Zombie stole their Mac!

Note To Gadget Thieves: Don’t Move To The Philippines
Monday, December 17, 2007

Recently a new law was passed in the Philippines to combat the rising problem of portable electronic devices in the country. The penalty for theft of these devices has been increased, the range is from one day to 10 years in prison, depending on the value of the device that was stolen, as well as circumstances regarding the theft.

The bill defines a portable telecommunication device as cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, portable computers, two-way very high frequency (VHF) or ultra high frequency (UHF) radios and other portable communication equipments utilized to transmit messages, documents, photos, images, videos, or information through air, radio or satellite frequencies.

View the full document on the Philippine Senate Website (PDF)

Warning:Theft On The Rise Around Holidays
Thursday, December 13, 2007

We are hearing from a lot of law enforcement that they are seeing a rising occurance of theft as we get closer to the holidays. Car burglaries are becoming a particular problem, as opportunistic thieves are prowling parking lots looking to steal shopping bags full of gifts, ruining many people’s Christmas. In addition to stealing bags other items such as iPods, GPS devices and other gadgets commonly found in cars are being stolen.

GadgetTrak Featured In Newsweek – “Finding Your Stolen iPod”
Thursday, December 6, 2007

GadgetTrak was featured in this month’s Newsweek article on “Finding Your Stolen iPod”:

GadgetTrak, has tracked down three iPods and two other electronic devices in the past several months…the software collects identifying data from that computer and sends it back to the tracking firm, which then turns the information over to the rightful owner.

GadgetTrak provides a wide range of gadgets and not just iPods. We now offer software for cell phones, laptops and other devices. All of our software enable device to answer one simple question “Who Stole Me?”

“Please Steal My iPod” Backpack
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Please steal my iPod Introducing the SoundKase Sonic i-Boom Pack. This trendy little bag plugs into your iPod and has built in speakers to so you can annoy those on the train around you, as well as advertise to iPod thieves in the area that you have an iPod. Just in case the thieves are not aware of this fact, the bag conveniently has a transparent iPod/mp3 player display pocket on the back of the bag for easy an easy snatch and grab.

I am thinking of buying one of these to wear around MacWorld this year, maybe play a little Barry Manilow at high volumes as I run across the auditorium, just to see how long it takes for someone to steal my iPod, or just smack me for my poor taste in music.

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