February 20, 2008
Backstopp from Virtuity will destroy data if lappie is moved
When dealing with sensitive info on your comp, security is of utmost importance. Taking heed is this British company Virtuity that has developed Backstopp, an intelligent security technology that can block access and destroy data if a laptop is moved from its designated space. The system continuously monitors the electronic “heartbeat” of a laptop to determine its location. If the laptop is moved from its “allowed zone” the software kicks in to remove sensitive data. It can use any wireless communication, like WiFi, to locate laptops. The PCs can also be tagged with RFID chips to monitor movement when switched off. What is even cooler is that the software on the laptop can use any in-built webcam capture pictures of the culprit. It uploads the images as soon as any network becomes available. The system is completely invisible to the thief.
If a laptop is reported missing, or if the “control center” concludes that the machine is “at risk”, the system seeks out the digital heartbeat and sends a “self destruct” message. Prices start at £10 ($20) a laptop per month…