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PC Week describes the Adeona service, created by UW CSE undergraduate Gabriel Maganis.”Lose your laptop these days and you lose part of your life: You say good-bye to photos, music and personal documents that cannot be replaced, and if it’s a work computer, you may be the source of a very public data breach.
“But now, researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to give you a shot at getting your life back …
“Here’s how it works: A user downloads the free client software onto a laptop. That software then starts anonymously sending encrypted notes about the computer’s whereabouts to servers on the Internet. If the laptop ever goes missing, the user downloads another program, enters a username and password, and then picks up this information from the servers …”