Anti-theft & Remote Wipe Software
You might need a nerd if…
- You need help installing anti-theft software
- You’re not sure what anti-theft software is best for you
- You already have anti-theft software installed or turned on on your laptop AND it’s been stolen
Installing the softwareBefore using any of the features of our anti-theft software, it must first be installed on your laptop. We can have the software installed and set up in just a few short minutes.
WiFi auto connectIf your laptop comes up missing, most anti-theft software will automatically connect it to WiFi so that action can be taken to find and recover it. If there is no WiFi network available, the software will wait until the thief has connected to a network. Once the laptop has connected to a WiFi network, this allows the software to do a few things:
- Lost and found features
- Location information
- Screenshot features
- Remote wipe
List of anti-theft and remote wipe software
Find My MacFind My Mac is free software available only for Apple products. It must be set up ahead of time in order to work correctly. Features include remote lock, messaging, alerts, location information, and remote wipe.
Prey ProjectPrey Project is available for Windows laptops and MacBooks. It has a full suite of features, including screenshots, messaging, remote wipe, location information, and remote lock.
Hidden Anti-theftHidden Anti-theft is available only for Apple products. Features include screenshots, messaging, remote lock, remote wipe, alerts, and location information. If a sophisticated thief tries to use SSH tunneling to prevent you from accessing the device, Hidden Anti-theft can reverse this process and give you access anyway.
PomboPombo is free software that works on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. It supports screenshots, alerts, and location information. It does not support messaging, remote lock, or remote wipe.
Norton Mobile SecurityNorton Mobile Security works on a PC or Mac. It has all of the features listed here, including messaging, location information, remote lock, remote wipe, and screenshots.
Nerd On Call can help protect your laptop against theftNo one ever plans for their property to get stolen, but if you need help setting up any protection software on your laptop just give us a call at 1-800-919-6373 or fill out our contact form.
We hope you’ve found this guide to laptop anti-theft and remote-wipe to be helpful and informative. If you would like more information on how we do laptop repairs and other laptop services here at Nerds on Call, you may want to read our full page on laptop repair.
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Questions nerds often hear about Anti-theft & Remote Wipe Software
What is remote wipe and why is it needed?
Remote wipe is a security feature that allows a network administrator or device owner to send a command to a computing device and delete data.
Can anti-theft software help me if it has not been set up before my laptop getting stolen?
Unfortunately, you must enable or install the software before the laptop is stolen. Both Apple and PC devices have built-in features that are NOT enabled by default.