While browsing Youtube, we came across some pretty cool videos about Notebak, done by fans.
One is a review and instructional (in Polish):
And the other is a funny one out of Russia -- but you don't need to know any Russian to watch this one:
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Polish technology magazine PC Format featured Notebak in their June issue, with a full page devoted to our software. We are honoured and delighted that users across the world are getting access to our our user-friendly mobile security.
Thefts of personal computers aren't contained to one country, or even one hemisphere; anyone who uses a laptop is affected. As people are paying more and more for their devices, theft prevention is becoming a top priority; Notebak is a simple and way to do this, and we could not be more glad that international laptop users are getting access our user-friendly software.
Here's to preventing laptop theft, worldwide!
When it comes to mobile security, it's hard to imagine anybody more mobile, or in need of more security, than the men and women of the U.S. Navy. That is why the Naval Academy now has an all new Center for Cyber Security Studies, and is even considering offering a major in the field. The Center's director, Capt. Steven Simon says that there are virtually no areas where cyber security is not applicable when it comes to the Navy: whether they are sending out a ship, a Marine in the field or flying a plane, cyber communication is a must, meaning security comes on its heels.
The use of personal technology like iPhones and social networking sites within the division is a new concern, which is being met with a quick effort to educate all military personnel. "The best defense is a good offense", and some midshipmen will specialize in computer science and information technology, becoming highly skilled "cyber warriors", to match their real-life skills.
A large majority of us are regularly partaking in a fast-evolving cyber world, and we all need the skills and know-how to navigate it safely. The Navy is taking important steps to protect its sensitive data, and with technology that can wipe out a hard drive the second it gets lost, they are a step closer to being secure. Why not get yourself the same smart security, and get Notebak -- first recover and then wipe out any sensitive data as soon as you realize your laptop is missing: we use military-grade technology to ensure no restoration will be possible, whether you're a Navy Seal or an entrepreneur. And hey, if destroying your hard drive isn't something you're into, we also offer some really smart technology to help you recover your laptop, unscathed. Now that's smart.
An elementary school in Honolulu has had 60 laptop computers taken from eight different classrooms, one Sunday after midnight. Police have so far recovered about 30 of the missing laptops, mostly thanks to tips from local residents -- as well as finding some of the computers simply disposed of close to the school grounds. Taking 60 laptops usually indicates a desire to sell them off somewhere, and the remaining half of the loot still remains to be found.
Teachers say that above all, the children are disturbed by the invasion of their private space -- they consider the school a home away from home and don't understand why their computers were taken, or that they probably won't be returned.
School computers -- especially those that are staying in the building for the duration of their lifespan -- are perfect for installing some smart laptop security. Notebak's DigitaLabel service is a really great device to safeguard school computers; when combined with the GeoFence, the laptops are protected in several ways: a lockscreen will trigger as soon as the computer gets taken outside of a specified boundary -- like the school building -- and a screen will appear that helps get the laptop back.
This recovery screen is where the thief, unsuspecting buyer or anyone who currently has the laptop will be able to contact the rightful owners through Notebak, with our help -- since the lock screen renders the computer unusable (and therefore un-sellable), the thief themselves may very well take advantage of this service, especiallyif a reward is offered. This lock screen is extremely resilient, and prevents various methods that one can attempt in order to bypass it: the computer's internal systems and files will remain untouched during this whole process, which means the students can get their laptops back as if nothing happened; something that might help that distressed feeling about the whole event.
Notebak has many other nifty features which would help the many computers that schools keep. By installing a smart program like this, teachers, students and tax payers alike can rest assured that these invaluable teaching tools are safe, there for the students anytime they need them. This way, schools can vastly lower replacement costs by simply thinking ahead.
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Lifted out of a car parked at a restaurant, a laptop containing the data of more than 14,000 patients is now in questionable hands. Adding insult to injury, the information was not properly encrypted -- leaving the social security numbers, dates of birth, records and addresses of the patients exposed to unnecessary risk.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for organizations such as this -- specifically medical professionals who keep extensive digital records -- to install appropriate, and good, laptop security. It may very well be the case that the information will never be accessed and will not be misused, but once again, the hospital had to contact every patient that was potentially affected -- lots of work that no employee enjoys performing. The worry, hassle and perhaps even news story could easily have been avoided.
Destroy or recover your data instantly, see who it is that has the laptop, know the data is inaccessible, and definitively pinpoint its location -- it sounds like a scenario too good to be true, but it's completely possible: by simply taking a moment to safeguard one's business, organization or personal information right now.
After seeing these events happening so often in the news, I will make it a point to ask my family physician whether they take any precautionary measures in terms of mobile security; who knows, if we all do that, we may very well prevent these things from happening so often in the future. Tell your doctor!
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A physician at the Indiana University School of Medicine had a laptop stolen out of his vehicle -- on it was the information of more than 3,000 patients: age, sex, medical record numbers, diagnosis and in some cases a social insurance number is what's on file. The university says the laptop is protected by password protection, but that a "computer specialist" might be able to bypass this; once a thief has ample time to work with a machine, the standard lock screen can be circumvented. However, another common method would be to reformat the whole hard drive, so the patient info still has a chance to stay secure.
Either way this theft plays out, the outcome is not a fun one. The university is currently sending out a letter to each and every individual whose information was on the computer, which means a lot of hours of paperwork for some unlucky people. This situation is a perfect demonstration of the reason why any serious business requires a solid computer security plan. Medical facilities are particularly vulnerable when it comes to keeping patient data safe, as any leak might mean serious consequences for the people involved -- insurance policies are just one thing that may change for them. Many other businesses also need to keep data security as a top priority, with law and accounting firms jumping to the top of the list.
It's impractical to assume that employees will always keep the computer close by and under a watchful eye -- no one does that all the time -- so a smart strategy is sorely needed for organizations like this. There's no need to be overwhelmed by the number of laptops that need protecting, either: a good program will make the load easily manageable by a likely-already-existing IT team. A well-designed software won't burden the tech team, but will instead make their job easier by keeping track of all the machines they are responsible for; organization and control are your friends when it comes to mobile security.
A simple and intuitive program that stays in the background until the moment it's needed is the perfect solution: quietly keeping everyone safe from a crisis and hours of paperwork. As far as security peace-of-mind goes, Notebak is the perfect solution: with the option to recover any and all files on a missing device, or simply wipe out the whole hard drive in one fell swoop makes for a sweet sense of calm. The IT team will have an easy time, as well: Notebak's online control center allows them to see everything that's going on, allowing them concentrate on bigger and better things than record-keeping. If a sensitive laptop goes missing, there's no need to worry: a quick log-in to the online account and the problem is solved; the actual hardware may even be recovered.
Here's hoping that IU's Medical Center takes a long hard look at their laptop security policy, but it needn't be a tough choice: get protection, keep it simple.
For the third time in just over a week, software installed on a laptop has helped recover it after a theft. This time the scene took place in Paducah, Kentucky, where a $2,000 Dell was stolen during a Marquette Transportation ride -- boats that get people and cargo around on the Mississippi River system.
Unbeknownst to the thief, the laptop was equipped with the software companies install when they want to track their employee's internet activities. The cops were able to view the screen at the same time as the thief was busy browsing his Facebook page. By seeing which residential network the thief belonged to on Facebook, and then finding that computer on the wireless network in that location the police were able to recover the laptop and arrest the thief.
"Ultimately, you're not concerned about the cost of the computer. You're concerned about the cost of the data on the computer," says Willie Kerns of Smart Path Technologies. Individual users without a company to track their computer can download their own software -- and one that will respond quicker and more efficiently than counting on a thief's Facebook network to be discovered.
Notebak gives you the capability to quickly track down whoever it is that has your laptop at any given moment, and the power to swiftly recover all your data; as Kerns said, at the end of the day, that's all you're worried about. Even if you can't get the hardware back, download all your important files onto our server, or get them emailed to you -- you will never lose any of your files or photos, no matter how the situation plays out.
Winthorp University's Police Department is introducing a program that they believe will decrease laptop theft on campus. They state that thefts are a problem towards the end of the year when students are moving away; six to eight laptops were reported stolen in May alone, and none of the cases were ever solved.
Police Chief Frank Zebedis says that "folks think it is a great idea, especially parents. I presented the idea to parents at the freshmen orientations, and they all seemed to think it was a great idea." His recommendations include installing a software that is capable of taking webcam images of the thief, as well as have instant notification capability -- all things Notebak does! He also recommends registering each student's laptop with police, for easier identification after recovery.
Ever since Greg Martin successfully recovered his laptop after the London riots, police have been catching on to the benefits of working together with a software that does the hard work for them. More than one district is now recommending that users install this very easy and essential security measure -- Chief Zebedis only rolled out this program last week!
Researchers have discovered a potential threat existing in security software that uses a BIOS module. Without getting too technical, the general idea is that certain software makes use of you computer's BIOS: a sensitive region that is responsible for making sure everything else works together perfectly -- it can be exposed to attacks if used by other programs. The research paper indicates that security software utilizing this method is not truly serving a security purpose, as in fact it may open the computer to attack should an experienced enough person wish to do it harm.
The good news is that Notebak does not use the computer's BIOS and therefore does not open up any such vulnerabilities. As ZDNET mentions, any anti-theft software acts in a similar way to other programs that hide on your system -- like malware -- but it does so in order to not be found by a thief or anyone else: it would be useless if it could be easily uninstalled. I guess the BIOS is a good place to hide...but it can be done without it!
I am always being reminded about how comfortable of a system Notebak is. A vulnerability like the one discovered above may be invisible and undetectable to the regular user, but for corporations that rely on security software, it's no meaningless thing -- lives and reputations may be depending on it.