Stolen laptop sparks anti-theft technology
- By IDG News Service, James Evans
- Jun 21, 2000
A medical school student victimized by the theft of his laptop is about
to launch a company selling anti-theft computer technology.
After the theft last September, Ravi Hariprasad, a student at University
of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, entered his university's annual business
plan competition. He typed up a proposal to develop CyberTrak Systems Inc.,
a company focused on combating laptop theft. At the end of this month, the
company goes on the market.
"There's car security. There's home security. But really nothing has been
done with computer security," said Hariprasad, 24, chief executive officer
of the company, which was re-named Lucira Technologies Inc. on Aug. 14.
"There has never been an elegant, easy-to-use solution."
That's changing with Lucira's SecurePC software, which can be downloaded
from the company's Web site in about a second. If the laptop
is stolen, a theft victim can report the laptop to Lucira, activating the
company's system to track the computer.
Once connected to the Internet, a file embedded in the hard drive of the
stolen computer will be able to provide information the company's Internet
Cyber Recovery Center on the computer's Internet Protocol address and Internet
service provider address. It also possesses an instant call-back feature
that will notify Lucira of the phone number where the computer is being
used. In turn, that will provide information on the phone number where the
log-on occurred. The information can be gathered within about 15 minutes,
and police are notified via fax of the computer's location.
"It's stealthy," said Ravi Ghanta, 25, the company's chief technical officer.
"It's hard to find. It's easy to use. It installs in a snap and it works."
CyberTrak SecurePC is also virtually resistant to being dumped from a computer
when someone clears a hard drive, Hariprasad said.
Hariprasad said CyberTrak SecurePC will be marketed heavily toward students.
Pricing is still under discussion and will not be released until just before
the Aug. 31 launch date, Hariprasad said.