Lock your Lenovo laptop with an SMS message


killswitch ConstantSecure Remote Disable sounds like an interesting software product and service. In the event that your Lenovo laptop is stolen, you can send it an SMS message from your phone and it will power off. The next time it boots up (by the thief…), the BIOS will stop it and ask for a password. No password, no boot.

The following systems are supported:
– ThinkPad R400, R500
– ThinkPad T400, T500
– ThinkPad W500
– ThinkPad X200, X200s, X301

The only thing I wonder about is if the data on the hard drives is also encrypted. If not, then the thief could still get away with your data.

What do you think, would you use a service like this one?

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Burzmali June 9, 2009, 9:39 pm

    Seems a bit iffy to me. The thief has to leave the device power-up, with the AT&T 3G device intact for this method to work. Even then, the hard disk is still intact if not encrypted and I’d bet decent money that it isn’t impossible to flash the non-protected BIOS over this new one with the correct equipment. In general, it only works in a limited set of circumstances, that only get smaller as criminals become aware of them.

  • Blacknimbus June 9, 2009, 11:10 pm

    I’d rather purchase Computrace (LoJack) if I was that concerned about my laptop. The first time they log onto the Internet with it, they can trace it and actually recover it.

    We had a laptop stolen last year and the detective involved actually had them send a message to the thief who was surfing the net on the stolen PC while they were standing outside his apartment. It said “Please open the door…it’s the police”.

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