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Buffalo News: High-tech GPS devices in vehicles are magnets for thieves
Friday, February 29, 2008

GadgetTrak was featured in a recent article on GPS theft in the Buffalo New York region, GadgetTrak founder Ken Westin was quoted along side a researcher from the Urban Institute:

“As there is more crime, the manufacturers are going to step in,” said Ken Westin, founder of GadgetTrak, a company in Portland, Ore., that sells software that can be installed in electronic devices to help their rightful owners find them if they are stolen.

The GPS manufacturers need to do more to make the devices harder to steal or reuse, said Westin of GadgetTrak and the Urban Institute’s Roman.

Tracking Service Helps Find Stolen GPS Units
Friday, February 29, 2008

GadgetTrak was feautred in another story on GPS theft, this time on WSLS News Channel 10 in Virginia. Aimee Norton the reporter for the story was actually the victim of a GPS theft from her car.

GadgetTrak Featured On Fox 40 News – New York
Monday, February 25, 2008

GadgetTrak Founder Research Included In Certified Ethical Hacker Exam
Sunday, February 24, 2008

GadgetTrak founder Ken Westin’s research regarding endpoint security will be referenced as part of the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker instructional and resource material.  Westin’s research into the use of USB based Trojans and social engineering to infect networks and steal sensitive data will be referenced as part of the course material focusing on endpoint security issues.

Disk Encryption Is Useless
Saturday, February 23, 2008

Researchers with Princeton University and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have found a flaw that renders disk encryption systems useless if an intruder has physical access to your computer — say in the case of a stolen laptop or when a computer is left unattended on a desktop in sleep mode or while displaying a password prompt screen.

The attack takes only a few minutes to conduct and uses the disk encryption key that’s stored in the computer’s RAM.

This reinforces the need for GadgetTrak theft recovery solutions on laptops, just encrypting your data is not enough to protect your data. By utilizing GadgetTrak laptop theft recovery software it enables you get the device back as well as identify who stole it to ensure you are able to track where the data has gone.

Seagate GadgetTrak Bundling
Friday, February 22, 2008

In Australia when you purchase a Seagate/Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini drive, GadgetTrak is bundled for free, to help protect your new external drive and data from theft.  GadgetTrak enhances the existing security features of the drive including encryption.

Theft of external hard drives and flash drives is a serious concern amongst businesses. With the rising number of data breaches occurring as a result of the theft of laptops, mobile phones and portable storage devices Seagate chose GadgetTrak to help protect the devices in case of theft.

The Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini drives are now available at all major retail outlets throughout Australia.

Mobile Phone Theft Statistics In The UK
Friday, February 22, 2008

John Walkley, head of mobile phone security at CPP Phonesafe, said: “It`s alarming how common mobile theft is becoming.” The Metropolitan Police recently revealed that as many as 10,000 mobile phones were stolen every month.

According to the study here are top 10 cities for mobile phone theft in the UK alone. It is amazing to see that over 30% of the population reported having a phone stolen. The majority of the phones were stolen in pubs or night clubs.

1. Glasgow (31%)
2. Belfast (29%)
3. Liverpool (29%)
4. Chelmsford (25%)
5. London (24%)
6. Bristol (23%)
7. Manchester (21%)
8. Leeds (21%)
9. Sheffield (19%)
10. Cambridge (19%)

Irish Government – Laptop, Mobile Phone & Portable Media Device Theft
Friday, February 22, 2008

A laptop containing close to 175,000 patient records belonging to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service was stolen in New York.

This bad news comes within weeks of government officials in Ireland warning that data protection in government departments needed better controls. Quinn reported that nearly 100 notebook and desktop PCs have been lost or stolen from Irish government departments over the past five years, along with 14 BlackBerry smartphones and 11 portable media devices.

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GadgetTrak™ Launches Privacy-Safe Theft Recovery Software for Windows® PCs
Thursday, February 21, 2008

GadgetTrak’s anti-theft software product portfolio now includes Windows PC, Mac®, mobile phones and removable devices such as iPods®, GPS devices, and flash drives.

Portland, Oregon. – February 21, 2008 – GadgetTrak™, a leading provider of anti-theft software for Mac computers and mobile devices, announced today the market launch of its new Windows® PC version. According to computer industry analysts and the FBI one in ten new laptops will be stolen within 12 months. Like its other ant-theft applications, GadgetTrak protects PC systems from theft by utilizing powerful real-time tracking technology to provide location and recovery information. Unlike traditional PC tracking software, GadgetTrak’s privacy-safe tracking technology does not rely on costly 24-hour customer support, a physical monitoring center, or backdoors into the system. If stolen, the device itself “phones home” contacting the owner directly. This immediacy is critical for theft recovery.

GadgetTrak founder, Ken Westing comments that, “our new Windows PC version has been the most requested solution by our customer base. But before bringing it to market, we wanted to ensure that our solution would both protect the PC from theft and our owner’s privacy at all times. I don’t think people realize just how invasive existing PC anti-theft solutions are or what type of information is being collected and stored in these monitoring systems. Privacy was our number one concern”

Although its privacy-safe technology is one of its best features, GadgetTrak for Windows PC runs silently and is tamper proof, utilizing various tactics to evade detection. This prevents the thief from turning off or disabling the tracking technology. GadgetTrak has also been designed and tested in hostile network environments to ensure that location and network information is delivered in the event of a theft. The software provides an easy yet secure means for uninstalling the application if the owner passes ownership to another person, sells or gives away the computer.

Pricing for GadgetTrak for Windows PC starts at $39.95 with volume and educational discounts available. For more information regarding GadgetTrak for Windows PC, or GadgetTrak’s other anti-theft solutions visit
About GadgetTrak
Based in Beaverton, Oregon GadgetTrak™ provides proven privacy-safe, theft recovery solutions for a wide range of mobile devices including both Windows PC and Mac laptops, mobile phones and removable media devices such as MP3 players, flash drives, external hard drives, GPS devices and more.

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GadgetTrak Announces Anti-Theft for Windows Laptops
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

We are pleased to announce the launch of GadgetTrak for Windows PC. This has been the most requested anti-theft solution by our customers, as we are very happy to make it available. One key element of GadgetTrak for Windows PC is that we wanted to make sure that we protected our customer’s privacy, as there are a few anti-theft solutions on the market currently that are actually quite invasive and essentially open a backdoor to the system and actively monitor those systems from a remote data center. With GadgetTrak the tracking information is sent directly to the owner of the device silently, we do not open any backdoors and we do not actively monitor your PC.

In addition to being privacy-safe, GadgetTrak for Windows PC is also tamper-proof and requires a password and special unistaller application to remove from the system. The files are hidden on the system and there is no indication that it is running. GadgetTrak for Windows PC has also been tested in hostile network environments where there is poor internet connectivity to ensure that information gets to the owner. There is a free 7 day trial available for download as well.

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