Download of the Week: LaptopLock

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lien_meat

This would only work on stupid people that don't know how to pull the hard drive or disable/remove the wifi card, and not connect...EVER.

I'm pretty sure if I was a theif, the first thing I'd do is pull the hard drive, replace it with a blank, install an OS on it, and sell it.  If I wanted the data, fine...I've still got the drive, and I can do whatever I want safely on another machine.  If it's encrypted...oh well...still made money off the laptop.  It would have still been worth the trouble.

If identity theives are stupid enough to fall for this, they weren't gonna get very far with your identity anyway...

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Mighty BOB!

Too bad anyone who steals them "professionaly" is smart enough to never let the laptop connect to the web, rendering any application that needs to connect to the web moot (such as something that say, reports its location to the authorites or uses the webcam to take pictures of the thief, etc.).  Therefore the best countermeasure is preventive.  Encrypt the whole drive.

Of course that isn't to say that those sorts of programs never work, they certainly do sometimes, but it's all predisposed on the thief connecting to the Internet, and the odds are not in your favor.

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win7fanboi

exactly... and who cares about the system partition... just encrypt the partition your data is on using Truecrpyt. If you are worried about performance (security and convenience are two opposing forces), just have a Truecrypt file container which holds your sensitive info.

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whitehat2009

TrueCrypt is the way to go. I'd like to see a common thief break through 256-bit AES encryption...

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winmaster

I have my laptop's hard drive True Encrypted and I don't even notice the performance difference. 

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polobunny

TrueCrypt offers OTF full drive/partition encryption with very good performance, close to direct disk access under Windows. Since this article is about Windows, Linux or OSX performance is not relevant.

Where it takes a larger hit though is in operations which would normally use DMA.

 

"I cry for your system's performance" is a ridiculous thing to say in this situation. It's perfectly acceptable and offers virtually no way to bypass the encryption (unless someone had access to this computer before and installed the Stoned rootkit), whereas LaptopLock only serves to help find the culprit, if you're lucky. Nothing to protect your information in there if the laptop doesn't get connected to the internet after being stolen.

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jgrimoldy

Sounds nice, but this is flagrantly useless.

If I lifted someone's laptop and was interested in getting to their files, I'd pull the drive and slave it to another system.  I would not bother to fuck around with trying to logon.

If I really, REALLY wanted to boot their system, I'd use any number of methods to crack the local admin password (if it even had one). Once in, I'd start rooting thru their files.  Connecting the laptop to the internet would be exceedingly low on my agenda.  I certainly would have no pressing reason to connect, nor would any sensible identity theif.

Soooo, in the practical world (where i live), where is the benefit?

 

 

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tapple

yeah, if you make a simple program that runs in the backgrond silently, and just does webcam duty. Actually a good idea.

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bigblackbear

Can the webcam send a picture of the thief to an e-mail address?

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Digital-Storm

You'll probably get a picture of him fapping to some lala.

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