i dont know if this is the right place to post this query. recently my room-mate had his laptop stolen from the house... this got me thinking as to how we can protect/trace a laptop from being stolen apart from keeping it in a safe place. and if stolen how to render the laptop useless.
I have the windows password and all that to prevent access, but that is just a joke - as any one can format the hard disk and start over again. So i put the boot password in the BIOS - so now it asks me for my password before it can go to the boot sequence. So even if some1 takes my laptop, there is no way to re-format and isntall the OS as the boot sequence needs a password. Now here is my question - is this method totally fool-proof? Any ways of fooling or by-passing this system.
Are there any ways of tracking a laptop by S/N number or something of that sort. I know there are s/wares for sale on tiger direct that help tracking - theycost about 90$...
hope to see some replies in here soon