DoCoMo tackles laptop theft

Michael Carroll
11 Feb 2011

NTT DoCoMo is cracking down on laptop theft by bringing the same remote delete functions offered on smartphones to the PC segment.

The carrier has teamed with Symantec, Intel and Ericsson to offer the ability to remotely lock-down or delete laptop hard drives, and plans to launch the service in April.

Laptops equipped with Intel anti-theft technology and a 3G module from Ericsson are covered by the service, which will be capable of accessing machines even when they are turned off using a secure SMS.

Using wireless technology also means that machines stolen while users are abroad can also be wiped.

Intel PC Client services manager George Thangadurai described the solution as a “robust security service,” that will help “businesses of all sizes protect their most precious asset: information.”

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