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UK health agency loses 31,000 patients records
Monday, June 23, 2008

Unencrypted laptops containing 31,000 patient records have been lost by two NHS trusts.

A laptop containing 11,000 patient records was stolen from a GP’s home in Wolverhampton. And St George’s Hospital in London has admitted that six laptops were stolen from its filing cabinets at the start of the month, containing the records of 20,000 patients.

Both data breaches break Department of Health policy that states NHS mobile devices must be protected by encryption. Neither trust has offered an explanation as to why the data was unencrypted.

Source: InterGovWorld 

GadgetTrak Verey Reviewed In July 2008 MacLife Magazine
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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GadgetTrak – KATU News Cover Story: Live Interview
Friday, June 13, 2008

Reuters – Lost cameras “phone home” to catch thieves with GadgetTrak
Friday, June 13, 2008

GadgetTrak was featured in a recent Reuter’s article. Alison DeLauzon had her camera stolen while on vacation and she had an Eye-Fi card installed on the device which transmits pictures via wi-fi networks. The camera’s card uploaded photos on an open wi-fi network and some of the photos were of the thief. This was a lucky break for the camera owner of the camera.

GadgetTrak was mentioned as a more aggressive measure to help owners protect their devices:

While passive systems have helped reunite missing gadgets with their owners, more aggressive measures can be employed to protect everything from laptops to iPods and BlackBerrys.

GadgetTrak, of Beaverton, Oregon, sells software that can be loaded onto any of those devices. If a BlackBerry, for example, falls into the wrong hands, the software grabs information from the new user’s SIM data card and e-mails it to the rightful owner.

With an Apple Mac computer, the software instructs the built-in camera to take video of the thief and sends to the owner, along information about nearby wireless networks.

GadgetTrak Featured on WebbAlert
Monday, June 9, 2008

ComputerWorld: 8 Incredibly Useful Tools For Road Warriors
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Computerworld mentioned GadgetTrak today in an articled titled “8 Incredibly Useful Tools for Road Warriors

If you don’t like the idea of a monitoring center tracking your computer’s movements, WestinTech Inc.’s GadgetTrak works similarly to LoJack for Laptops but sends the information it collects directly to you via e-mail. If your system is stolen, you can contact police with the location information gathered by the software.

Chicago Daily Herald – GadgetTrak
Sunday, June 1, 2008

GadgetTrak was featured in the Chicago Daily Herald, as a solution to GPS theft.

An Oregon-based company, however, is trying to solve the recovery problem. GadgetTrak sells software for a yearly subscription ($12.95) so owners can keep tabs on their computers, GPS devices, MP3 players and cell phones.

In the case of a GPS, the next time someone tries to download new information from a computer, GadgetTrak sends an e-mail to the owner. Tracking a computer IP address, the company can tell owners the exact location, said Ken Westin, company owner.

“I think a lot of our customers are people who have had stuff stolen before,” Westin said. “There’s a lot of anger. They feel helpless. Our software is a way to empower them so it’s something they can do.”

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