Whether you’re a student, road warrior or just someone who likes to use gadgets on the go, leaving your tech unattended is never a good idea. However, there will be times when you have to step away from your stuff.
Sometimes, just looking away for an instant could result in a lost or stolen device. Then there’s outright theft. Last year, one in five robberies in New York City, and a staggering one in two robberies in San Francisco, involved a cellphone. And with one in 10 laptops stolen, you’ll want better protection for your tech. The following collection of services, apps and gear can help safeguard your gadgets against theft or recover them if they’re lost or stolen.
The subscription-based Absolute Software Computrace Lojack can prevent your notebook from pulling a vanishing act. If some crook is brazen enough to walk off with your laptop, you can remotely lock, locate or erase the contents of your Mac or PC.
The software is also making the leap to tablets and smartphones, starting with a debut on the Samsung Galaxy S4. In addition, the company is working with educators to roll out its Computrace Mobile Theft Management software to protect school-issued iPads and iPad minis.