computer theft tracking - PC PhoneHome
Sorry if this has already been posted, did a search and didn't appear to be.
This seems pretty nifty..I remember a while back ago people talking about attaching disposable cell phones to computers if their computer gets stolen...this seems like an easier and cheaper way to do it...(though not as good..) Still, this seems like a good deal, considering it's $20 (one time payment, no other fees...sweet).
From thinkgeek.com:PC PhoneHome is a stealth software application that secretly transmits an "electronic beacon" to an email address of your choice, allowing you to track & locate your computer, anywhere in the world. It sends a message to your designated email address once a day, or every time the computer connects to the Internet and is assigned an IP address. If your computer is lost or stolen, you report the loss to the police and continue to monitor your designated email address. When your stolen computer accesses the Internet by any method, your lost or stolen computer will send you it's IP address information, which can be used to determine the location. PC PhoneHome cannot be removed by unauthorized parties even if they attempt to wipe the computer's hard drive using format or fdisk commands. A special uninstall program is used to remove the software.
As a registered user of PC PhoneHome, you may seek technical service assistance in locating your computer's exact coordinates and alerting the local police to recover it. As a side benefit, other items of your property (like expensive jewelry or your USB microscope) that might have been taken at the same time, may also be recovered.
There are no yearly add-on costs or additional charges beyond the one-time purchase price of the software. This version is for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
Here's the link:http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/5a9c/