Friday, July 1, 2011

Linux Laptop Anti-Theft

A few days ago I thought about a anti-theft device for my laptop. I was thinking that maybe some type of software would be good. Something that send the location of the laptop. I wanted to do this without using a GPS, and it would only work if the whoever took it didn't wipe out the OS and software.

I didn't really find what I was looking for, but came across this - They kind of had the same idea I had, using the IP address, then hopefully with a warrant the police could get the location of the IP address that was used and get the laptop back.

Seems like a like of work, and I thought there must be a better way to do this.

Well, almost.... Taking the idea of using an IP address, I came across many sites that could geolocate the IP address - the draw back they only go to city level, and not street level.

I even came across a service that you access, and it give this information back as an XML page. (You don't need to do anything, it will detect the IP addres and return information about it)

<CountryName>United States</CountryName>

This information is a little more useful, but only by a small percent.
So I am looking for a street level IP geolocation service, that hopefully also has a json or xml interface
Anyone know of any?

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