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Sunday, December 6, 2009

FireFound And Prey - Locate Your Stolen Laptop

FireFound

FireFound is an add-on for Firefox and Fennec (mobile Firefox) that helps your find your computer (or mobile phone, in the case of Fennec) if it is lost or stolen. Every time your computer's location changes, FireFound sends a secure message to a central server with its current location. You can then log into the server and see your computer's current location.
All of the location data is encrypted, so no one can find out where your computer is without your password.
If you lose your computer, you can tell FireFound to clear your personal data (saved passwords, browsing history, etc.) if anyone starts your browser before you can retrieve it.
You can even run your own FireFound server; all of the code is open-source.

Note: All geolocation data is approximate, and should only be used as a guideline. If your computer has been stolen, do not try to retrieve it yourself - alert the police.



Download

You can download the FireFound browser add-on from Mozilla Add-ons. The next time you restart your browser, you'll be asked to choose a username and password for your account. You can use that username and password to log in at this website and view the latest locations of your computer.


Prey is a lightweight application that will help you track and find your laptop if it ever gets stolen. It works in all operating systems and not only is it Open Source but also completely free. 

 

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