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Another GadgetTrak Recovery – Stolen 32GB Flash Drive Recovered
Friday, February 27, 2009


“I currently have possession of the flash drive again! We had a visual ID of the individual from the security camera, and the person’s name.  When I first purchased GadgetTrak, I just thought it was cool, I never thought that I would actually have to use it.  Thanks for all of your guidance and assistance in helping me recover my flash drive!”

Sohail – Dallas, Texas

Last week GadgetTrak customer Sohail had his 32GB Corsair Flash Voyager  stolen. He manages technology for a business, and had some sensitive information was on the device, luckily he had GadgetTrak USB installed on it and promptly activated tracking. Within a day he began receiving tracking notifications, the device was connected to the thief’s home computer and accessed multiple times over the next few days.

In addition to tracking data collected from the thief’s residence, additional connections were made from a computer lab at nearby university, over the next few days additional connections were made in other labs, one of which required an ID card to access where a security camera was also present.  The police assigned a detective to the case and the GadgetTrak USB tracking data and other evidence revealed the identity of  the individual who had Sohail’s flash drive, he was confronted by the police and the device was immediately returned.

GadgetTrak Inc. A Finalist For Angel Oregon
Wednesday, February 25, 2009


GadgetTrak has been selected as a finalist in this years Angel Oregon. OEN’s Angel Oregon is coming up on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at The Governor Hotel. Six companies will present in three categories: CleanTech/Biotech, Technology and Consumer.  Register to attend OEN’s Angel Oregon and you’ll see the following presenting companies pitch and compete for one of two investment awards totaling $225,000. Click here to read the full 2009 OEN Angel Oregon Finalists Press Release. We honored to be nominated as a finalist particularly given the caliber of companies competing in the technology track this year.

GadgetTrak Inc. Awarded Patent for Portable Electronic Device Theft Recovery & Tracking Technology
Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Patented Technology Tracks & Recovers Stolen Portable Electronic Devices

Portland, Ore. –  GadgetTrak Inc. the leading innovator of theft recovery and data protection technology for mobile devices, today announced it has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled Portable Host-Pluggable Appliance Tracking System, U.S. Patent No. 7,496,201. The subject of the patent deals with tracking stolen portable electronic devices such as external hard drives, MP3 players, flash drives, digital cameras and others when connected to a PC.

“This patent emphasizes our unique solutions to help curb the epidemic of electronic device theft. This is just the start of GadgetTak’s innovations to track stolen electronic devices, as well as protect the data that resides on them” said Ken Westin, CTO & Founder of GadgetTrak Inc. “As the economy spirals into a recession, theft is becoming a growth industry and demand for our anti-theft software is increasing from both consumers and OEMs who wish to embed our software into their devices. This patent helps validate our position as the innovation leader.”

GadgetTrak® USB for portable electronic devices can be installed on a number of devices including MP3 players, external hard drives, flash drives, digital cameras and more. If the device owner remotely activates tracking for the device and it is the accessed via a PC it will send information regarding the host system it is plugged into including the username, computer name, internal network address, location (country, state/region, city), ISP (Internet Provider Information) and other data that relates to that connection instance.


About GadgetTrak Inc.

GadgetTrak Inc., headquartered in Portland, Oregon is a leading innovator in anti-theft, tracking and data protection software for mobile devices.  GadgetTrak’s software protects tens of thousands of devices worldwide with their patented and unique solutions including laptops, mobile phones and portable electronic devices For more information on GadgetTrak Inc. and the company’s products, visit www.GadgetTrak.com.

Two PDX baggage handlers arrested for hundreds of thefts
Saturday, February 21, 2009


Right here in GadgetTrak’s back yard two baggage handlers at Portland International Airport have been arrested for the theft of more than 200 items, including laptop computers and jewelry. Port of Portland Police arrested 43-year-old Bridgette Bunnell of Molalla on Wednesday. She was charged with eight counts of theft by receiving.

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80 missing computers at Los Alamos
Sunday, February 15, 2009


Eighty computers have been lost, stolen or gone “missing” at a major US nuclear weapons lab, the nonprofit watchdog group Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has stated. 

The group posted online a copy of what they say is an internal letter outlining what appear to be worrisome losses at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the state of New Mexico.

The letter says that 13 lab computers were lost or stolen during the past year, three of the machines taken from an employee’s home in January. Another 67 computers are deemed “missing.”

“The magnitude of exposure and risk to the laboratory is at best unclear as little data on these losses has been collected or pursued,” the letter dated February 3 maintains.

The letter, addressed to Department of Energy security officials, contends that “cyber security issues were not engaged in a timely manner” because the computer losses were treated as a “property management issue.”

What became of the missing computers and the “security ramifications of each of the 80 systems” was to be detailed in a written report to lab officials by February 6, according to the letter.

The Los Alamos lab is a major center for research related to national security, outer space, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing.

MacTrak 2.5 Beta – Advanced Anti-Theft Software For OS X
Saturday, February 14, 2009


We have been quite busy with development over the past few months, so have been a little quiet on the blog. The response to MackTrak has been astounding, from both our customers and reviewers. GadgetTrak is the first company to utilize wi-fi positioning to assist in recovering stolen Mac systems, as well as integrating with photo sharing sites such as Flickr. Our patent-pending approach to theft recovery also has the benefit of respecting our users’ privacy as no images or location data ever come to our servers. If you would like to learn more about how MacTrak protects your privacy and the dangers of solutions that utilize monitoring centers, we prepared a new page explaining this in more detail.

Over the past few months since the launch of MacTrak we have been preparing an upgrade that provides security and performance enhancements. The upgrade also has some interesting new features, which will will provide more information about shortly.  The upgrade will be free to all existing customers and will come as a simple patch that can be run to install the upgrade, we will post links here as well as send an email out when the upgrade is ready to go.

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