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Old 09-05-2012, 10:13 AM
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I don't have a link but I read somewhere they can track a stolen computer by some internal ID and when they put it online, it can be located.
Police are often quite clueless WRT technology, but not always. MAKE | How Tracking Down My Stolen Computer Triggered a Drug Bust
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All the breakin's sound druggie related IMHO.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:25 AM
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Plian and simple it is time to tighten up your properties security in some serious fashion. These kind of episodes hurt too much. I suspect they might even return again for more.

Even a really loud external audio alarm horn at the time of intrusion with a lot of lights going on at the same time is better than nothing. Video monitoring and motion detectors are fairly cheap now as well. It has always bothered me that you can work for years to aquire equipment etc and see it gone in one break in. Even worse is destructive vandlisim as there is no sane reason for it.

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:15 PM
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Its the service tag and serial number of the computer. That can be tracked when the unit is online. Look into it.

I found this:



Stolen Berkeley Heights computer logs into Facebook, leads to arrest | NJ.com
That's a paid for and installed service. Doesn't do you a bit of good unless it's installed on your machine at the time it's taken.

While it might be theoretically possible to track down a single machine on the interwebs, it's effectively not possible as no law enforcement agency in it's right mind is going to bother to do it. The man-hours would far exceed the value of the stolen property, and no local LE org. is going to have geeks that good in it's employ. That's Black Hat stuff.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:35 PM
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That's a paid for and installed service. Doesn't do you a bit of good unless it's installed on your machine at the time it's taken.

While it might be theoretically possible to track down a single machine on the interwebs, it's effectively not possible as no law enforcement agency in it's right mind is going to bother to do it. The man-hours would far exceed the value of the stolen property, and no local LE org. is going to have geeks that good in it's employ. That's Black Hat stuff.
You may be right about the difficulty getting the cops to investigate, however, just for clarification, when someone logs on to a web page, their IP address is typically recorded by both the ISP and the web site. No other information including the computerís so called MAC address will make it past the home router.

If after being stolen the computer logs into a web site and account used by the owner (such as Facebook or this site), then the source IP address can be used to trace back to where ever the source ip originates. This works best when the computer is set to automatically log into a web site.

In addition, programs that regularly and automatically update, such as anti-virus software, can serve the same purpose of proving a means of tracking the computerís IP address.

The point being, CLK man, if you have places you regularly log into with a specific computer, ask the site owners to see if your account has been accessed recently. You may need a subpoena to get this information, which arenít too expensive. Up to you to decide if itís worth the effort.

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I'll bet that the upside of this unfortunate situation is that more than a few members here will be backing up to a flash drive, burning a few CD or DVDs or investigating cloud based services.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:37 PM
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Sorry to hear about this clk, good luck bud! Hope it pans out okay in the long run.
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I'll bet that the upside of this unfortunate situation is that more than a few members here will be backing up to a flash drive, burning a few CD or DVDs or investigating cloud based services.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:44 PM
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Jeez, Robert. You can't catch a break. Sorry to hear that.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:46 PM
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I'll bet that the upside of this unfortunate situation is that more than a few members here will be backing up to a flash drive, burning a few CD or DVDs or investigating cloud based services.
Heck, we're still Unix-based and backup toTAPE (!) every night.
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Heck, we're still Unix-based and backup toTAPE (!) every night.
Tape is still used for archiving quite a bit. But, only where very high capacity is needed. There is no good reason to use tape for an auto parts business or shop.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:04 PM
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Tape is still used for archiving quite a bit. But, only where very high capacity is needed. There is no good reason to use tape for an auto parts business or shop.
Typically companies store their employee eligibility information via tapes and send those into their insurers and financial benefits companies. Its not just capacity but also security of having the physical record
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Did the other businesses have computers targeted too? If there is a large flea market nearby, it might be worth walking around.
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Did the other businesses have computers targeted too? If there is a large flea market nearby, it might be worth walking around.
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I've been talking to the software vendors and they are telling me that i have to upgrade to current software. Hopefully the insurance will cover everything. I have several friends wanting to send me their old Macs. Thanks BobK. As far as the alarm system goes, I plan to follow a posters advice. I plan to put a large bull horn along with a strobe light on the roof with some kind of door and window sensors. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:25 AM
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I've been talking to the software vendors and they are telling me that i have to upgrade to current software. Hopefully the insurance will cover everything. I have several friends wanting to send me their old Macs. Thanks BobK. As far as the alarm system goes, I plan to follow a posters advice. I plan to put a large bull horn along with a strobe light on the roof with some kind of door and window sensors. Any advice would be appreciated.
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