Companies and Schools Can Now track and Recover Netbooks with Computrace for Netbooks from Absolute Software
San Francisco, Calif.: April 21, 2009 – Today at RSA® Conference 2009, Absolute® Software Corporation (“Absolute” or the “Company”) (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based, patented, computer theft recovery, data protection and secure IT asset management solutions announced that it has launched Computrace® for Netbooks. The new solution for netbooks delivers IT asset management and theft recovery to commercial customers, such as school districts, healthcare organizations and corporations who have been first to make widespread use of ultra-mobile computers.
For IT asset management and data security personnel, the job of managing and securing mobile devices is becoming ever more complex and expensive," said John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute. "Computer populations now include desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and now netbooks – often of different ages from a variety of manufacturers. Our goal is to provide visibility and security regardless of form factor and computer brand. We also feel that in today’s economic environment, organizations need this to be delivered as a simple, managed service. Computrace for Netbooks extends this value to customers who have been first to include netbooks in their mobile device population.
With Computrace for Netbooks, customers can:
- Monitor, track and manage all computers from a single web interface, the Absolute Customer Center, regardless if a device is on or off the corporate network.
- Generate accurate inventories to assist in budgeting and refresh plans.
- Get visibility into the productivity and usage of investments in netbooks.
- Deter computer theft and recover those computers that are stolen.
- Help police identify computer thieves and gather evidence for prosecution.
How Computrace for Netbooks Works
The Computrace software Agent that powers Absolute solutions is embedded in the firmware of computers from the world’s leading computer manufacturers right at the factory or it can be installed by the customer.* The Agent can be activated by customers when they purchase a subscription with a term ranging from one to four years.
The Agent regularly contacts the Absolute Monitoring Center – sending location and IT asset management information to the Absolute Customer Center portal. Customers log in to the Absolute Customer Center to access that information, manage their IT asset population and run reports to identify changes in asset information.
If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can use information sent by the computer and forensically mine it using a variety of procedures including: key captures, registry scanning, file scanning, geolocation, and other investigative techniques to determine who has the computer and how it is being used. Absolute then works with local law enforcement to help recover the computer. Embedded in the firmware of a computer, the stealthy Computrace Agent is capable of surviving operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging.
Pricing and Availability
Computrace for Netbooks is now available for Windows and Mac operating systems with an MSRP of $24.99 for a one-year license through Absolute at 1-800-220-0733 and partner resellers.
* For a complete list of firmware-supported computers visit www.absolute.com/firmware.