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The Tech-pert: LoJack for Laptops BOGO Deal

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:57AM Thursday December 8, 2011
under Spotlight Deals

Planning to put a new laptop under the tree or menorah? Get some protection to go with it.

LoJack for Laptops is one of the top-rated laptop-recovery services, offering to locate, lock, delete, and even return your stolen system.

For a limited time, Absolute Software is offering a buy-one-gift-one deal on all LoJack for Laptop purchases.
In other words, buy a LoJack license for yourself, and you'll get another one you can give to a friend or family member.

Those licenses start at $39.95 for one year of standard coverage. That includes remote tracking, locking, and wiping of your laptop. More importantly, it includes recovery, courtesy of Absolute's Theft Recovery Team (which works with local law enforcement).

If you want a guarantee on top of that, meaning Absolute will you pay up to $1,000 if they can't recover or wipe your system, you'll need a premium subscription: $59.95 for one year. (Make sure to read all the fine print on that.)

The company also offers three years of standard and premium coverage for $89.99 and $99.99, respectively--the latter offering the best bang for the buck, by far.

Whatever you plan you choose, you'll get a matching subscription to give as a gift. Just add one to your cart and you'll see the freebie appear right below it.

As I wrote in an earlier post on recovering stolen laptops, you never think theft will happen to you--but it can. And if you're like most users, you carry around photos, documents, and other data that simply cannot be replaced. Something like LoJack offers considerable peace of mind for a reasonable price.

That said, you can get even more peace of mind--for free--by syncing your critical data to the cloud. That way, it doesn't matter if your laptop gets stolen, catches fire, or suffers a malware meltdown. Your data will live on, accessible from any PC, tablet, smartphone, etc.

I'm a big fan of SugarSync, which offers 5GB of cloud storage absolutely free.

What do you think of this deal, and laptop-recovery services in general? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently, "How to Do Everything: Palm Pre." Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog.