Adeona offers independent stolen laptop tracking

Adeona offers independent stolen laptop tracking

Summary: Sorry: hit "post" instead of "save"; this backend system will be the death of me.I first came across Adeona last year when I was doing some external research, and it's only really just come to light.

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Sorry: hit "post" instead of "save"; this backend system will be the death of me.

adeonalogo.pngI first came across Adeona last year when I was doing some external research, and it's only really just come to light. Adeona is an independent system which doesn't rely on any third party software or a central server; you install it and it works, nothing more to it.

No matter what you do to protect yourself; passwords, encryption, biometrics, firewall, and an anti-virus - you still have one major worry, and that's theft. The one thing worse than that, is mistakenly losing it, because that makes it your fault, and that's naturally worse than anything else.

Once you'd lost or had your laptop stolen, you relied entirely on the good faith of humanity or at the very least, a police force, to recover your device. Researchers at the Washington University and California University have joined up to create Adeona, named after the Roman goddess which guides children back to their parents.

Adeona offers unique and precise location tracking through IP addresses and GeoIP locationing positioning. Not only that, it provides information on access points if wireless connectivity is used, it uses traceroute on network routers to provide clues as to the location of the device, but if you're using a Mac, it can use the iSight camera to take photos of anyone who may be using it.

It's far from perfect. The user interface isn't great, a lot of the time it uses a command prompt/terminal window, and it's not always clear as to what to do next. I found myself using three different programs it had installed to get one thing, pass it to another, translate it there, and finally end up with somewhat recognisable raw data.

On the other hand, it's a powerful tool to use, and if you can use other projects out there to determine tracing your device from raw data, you'll find it pretty quickly. I'd say Adeona is great so far, but it certainly has some tweaks to go through; can't really fault it though, as it is a developing research project.

For those who wish to know more intracutely intricately how it works, they have a full documentation list available on the website.

Available on Linux, Windows XP/Vista and Mac OSX 10.4 and onwards, this is a definite must for the students who roam around campus late at night... or campuses with high crime rates really.

Topics: Software, Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Linux, Mobility, Open Source, Operating Systems, Security

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  • Adeona Down - Does Not Work

    The Adeona software has not worked for the past month due to issues with Open DHT servers. If you installed this on your system thinking it wil protect you, it is important to note that IT IS NOT. If you check the Adeona lists you will see that it has not been functioning for the past month, with no fix in site.

    This is a research project and not something that was ready for prime time. I think it is a little irresponsible of the University of Washington to say that this is "reliable" when it clearly is not. Yes I know it is free, but the statements they make on their website are lies as the software does not work. I wonder if there will be lawsuits when people's laptops are really stolen and they are not able to get the tracking data. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
    raglionby
  • RE: Adeona offers independent stolen laptop tracking

    Agreed. I ran Adeona for several months, and watched the
    OpenDHT problems slowly get worse, until they ultimately
    never worked.

    At this time, stay away from this tool unless you are a
    developer and want to help fix the issues with its OpenDHT
    pre-requisite. I've uninstalled my copy, and am looking at
    alternatives for the short term. And of course, I'm practicing
    safe hex as much as I can with my laptop.
    dclhacker
  • RE: Adeona offers independent stolen laptop tracking

    Take a look at JustStolen.Net

    The following is from the Adeona site:

    What else can I do to help make sure I can recover my lost or stolen laptop?
    You should also register your laptop at JustStolen.net. Adeona can help you find the location of your laptop while it is in the thief's possession. But, if the police recover your laptop through other means (e.g., the battery was dead and the thief abandoned it), the police will be able to use JustStolen.net's database to determine that the laptop belongs to you. (You can also register your other important possessions, ranging from bicycles to cameras, at JustStolen.net.)
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  • Adeona offers independent stolen laptop tracking

    Agreed. I ran Adeona for several months, and watched the OpenBSD problems slowly get worse, until they ultimately never worked.
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