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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