♫ Oh you’re lost baby, and I ain’t funnin.
But oh, when you call to me, well, I’ll come runnin’
Safe to your side…♫
Imagine finding your laptop, Blackberry or digital camera stolen. A sickening feeling of loss and invasion of privacy overtakes you..along with the realization that confidential information – personal or professional – may be possibly accessed by the thief. Until recently there was little that one could do other than pick up the pieces, inform the clients whose personal information may have been compromised and try to replace the stolen items. And try to rebuild your faith in humanity.
However, an online article appearing on Reuters on June 6, 2008 entitled: Lost Cameras “phone home” to catch thieves by Franklin Paul, showed a new – and gratifying – aspect of technology. It seems that when Alison DeLauzon’s camera was stolen, the memory card in her camera – that was equipped with Wi-Fi technology – called home. Specifically, it emailed to Alison the pictures on her camera – including the ones that the thieves had taken of themselves. The reason being is the the Wi-Fi card was configured to email the pictures automatically to her home computer using an unsecured Wi-Fi network. Needless to say, this resulted in not only recovering the pictures that she thought were gone forever, but also in capturing the thieves and in having the camera restored to her.
Franklin Paul in his article mentions that GadgetTrak of Beaverton, Oregon sells software that can be loaded onto PC’s, Mac’s, mobile phones, iPods, flash drives, external hard drives, digital cameras, GPS devices and others that helps provide information on its location and aids in its recovery. Technology strikes back against thieves! There are other competiting products as well – but the point is that *finally* smart technology can help not only recover stolen items, but it can help convict those who engage in unlawful activities.
All we have to do is install the software and – hope against hope – that we never need to rely on it. But if the occasion does arise, we can patiently wait for the device to call to us…and we – along with law enforcement – will come running to its side.This entry was posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008 at 11:37 pm and is filed under Fraud and theft, Issues facing Law Firms, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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