I was wondering how I could recover my laptop in the event it gets stolen. What I mean is by being pro-active, I am sure I could install a few things so as soon as the thief connects to the internet, I would know where my laptop is.
Of course, I will record the serial number and the keep the specs in a safe place, but what else? I guess I would need a service on my main server and a client on the laptop that connects to it. I was thinking of:
1- Have a secure SSH server (with certificates, etc) on my laptop
2- Have a client application also on the laptop that will "ping" one of my servers regularly so I can get the ip address.
3- Encrypt personal information on my hard drive to limit the lost
If my laptop gets stolen, all I would have to do is:
1- Wait for a ping
2- Once I have the ip, ssh to my laptop and start having fun!
BTW, I have dual boot Linux and Windows 7. So the solution must work in both OS. Last thing, I assume the thief is a regular Joe Blow who will try to surf the internet without formating the laptop.
What do you guys think?