On Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 06:12:56PM +0200, Roland Smith wrote:

I know all about various precautions to be taken.   

I also know I could write something.  I just wanted
to know if something like that is already written.


> On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 06:33:30PM -0400, Jerry wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > I am wondering if there is already written (in the ports) some utility 
> > that would either periodically and/or on boot up, take note of if the
> > machine is connected to the net and if so, send some information to a
> > configured address giving some basic information such as date/time
> > and the network address where it is connected.   
> You could write a shell-script that does this and run it as a cron(8) job.
> > The intent would be to put this in laptops/notebooks belonging to an
> > organization/business to track where they were, especially if they
> > were stolen.   I know, if they got in to the hands of professional
> > theft ring, the first thing they would do is wipe them, but it could
> > help track them otherwise.
> Since most windows users wouldn't have a clue what to do with a FreeBSD
> machine, I think _every_ laptop would be wiped.
> To secure your laptops and mitigate the consequences of theft there are
> several things you can do;
> - Encrypt the /home partitions. This will not prevent theft but will
>   reduce the chance of your data falling into the wrong hands.
> - Make frequent backups to prevent data loss.
> - Glue engraved labels to the machine, e.g. to the lid where it can't be
>   removed without damaging the LCD screen. This might make the machine
>   less desirable to a stolen goods dealer.
> Roland
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