Lojack for Laptops: A BOGO deal on top-rated theft recovery
Every year, laptops go missing by the millions. Because they're
small and highly portable (natch), they're easy pickings for
thieves. I have several friends and family members whose homes were
robbed, and every one of them lost at least one laptop. Talk about
a rotten day.
However, while stolen TVs and jewelry can't call for help,
laptops can--if you stock them with theft-recovery software. And by
all accounts your best option is Absolute Software's LoJack for
It's not what I would call a super-cheap solution, but at
least there's a deal to be had: Buy one LoJack subscription, get a second for 50
. (Click through to the Savings.com offer page, then
click Get Deal.)
Once installed, LoJack runs entirely behind the
scenes--meaning even a tech-savvy thief would have a hard time
discovering and removing it.
In the unfortunate event your machine gets taken, you can sign
into your LoJack account (on another PC), then pinpoint the
laptop's location (if it's connected to the Internet). You can also
lock out the system and, if you're especially worried about your
lost data, remotely erase sensitive files.
Best of all, Absolute Software works directly with local law
enforcement to help you recover your stolen system. That's a
feature few, if any, competing anti-theft services offer.
A standard LoJack for Laptops subscription costs $39.99 per
year per PC, but with this deal you can get a second subscription
(for, say, a family member's laptop) for $19.99. That works out to
around $30 per laptop for a year's worth of peace of mind. Not a
bad deal, eh?
If you've used LoJack or a service like it, hit the comments
and share your opinion.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.