One of the biggest fears that any laptop owner has – other than being pounded with viruses and spyware – is if their precious mobile computing solution gets swiped out from under them. At airports, coffee shops, and city parks all around the world, laptop theft is a growing epidemic, and as such, security programs are popping up all over the marketplace in an attempt to protect our $1000+ investments.
If you happen to have one of those nifty-looking Intel MacBooks, you can now get a program called “Undercover”. While it isn’t exactly a preventative measure, it will help you recover your notebook should it get stolen. You simply report that you got your laptop swiped, and the next time your MacBook hops up onto the interweb – presumably by the thief – the IP gets shot out and thus, you can track it down.
In addition, the program also makes use of the MacBook’s built-in iSight webcam to take a picture of the crook. The program then simulates a screen failure “that makes the Mac unusable.” Hopefully, the ensuing series of events leads to a bad guy in jail and another satisfied “Undercover” customer.