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Wow TC, you come in here for help and then act like a giant douche when people try to do just that. Go calm down a bit and then come back, hot head.
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Bad idea. If you put many passwords on there, a thief is more likely to completely wipe it or just never turn it on. That renders your Prey useless. The best thing to do is to leave it unsecured and install a tracking program on it so that they are less inclined to wipe it and you're more likely to track it.

Hmm... You are completely right.

But how about encrypting very sensitive data and leaving the rest unsecured? I'm sure that will prevent anyone from looking at those private files (which should be hidden somewhere) whilst still keeping the rest of the laptop running (and able to be tracked, of course)
 
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post #23 of 56
The information that you are withholding, could help determine a short, useful description of the assailant. Thus, this information could prove useful when helping create a diagnosis for your problem. Do not be rude, they were simple questions. You could have at least politely just said "Sorry, at this time, I do not wish to discuss the details behind the theft of the laptop", for either personal or embarressing reasons, it doesn't give you the right to freak out when someone tries to help you, and that is the exact reason everyone here has attempted to post. Im sorry, you cant release the information, but sometimes its better to be calm and collected about some issues, and freaking out isnt going to help anyone, but raise tension, frustration levels, and eventually get you in trouble on the forums. thumb.gif

As for help, there isnt much you can do other than wait for the authorities to recover the laptop, and plan out your defensive plan when you get it back. Sadly, its the truth. As said above, a BIOS level password can be good, but like others said, you have to be careful, passwords make thieves think that wiping fixes everything. Even if a hard drive is wiped, or the information deleted (some thieves are too young or do not know enough about computers to do a proper wipe, other than just deleting information on the computer) can be recovered if not completely written over by other data after being deleted. If it is an SSD......... Well, most of that data cant be successfully recovered, as when that data is deleted/wiped, it normally is just a phantom image left over until the space is needed by other data. Hence why the government loves HDDs biggrin.gif

Hope your father can get his laptop back successfully, and the thief punished for his crime.
post #24 of 56
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Doesn't really matter and it's no one on this forum's business.

why would you ask us to help and then tell us its none of our business?
I did know of some ways to track a thief but now id rather not say because you maybe just making up a story.
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post #25 of 56
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The information that you are withholding, could help determine a short, useful description of the assailant. Thus, this information could prove useful when helping create a diagnosis for your problem. Do not be rude, they were simple questions. You could have at least politely just said "Sorry, at this time, I do not wish to discuss the details behind the theft of the laptop", for either personal or embarressing reasons, it doesn't give you the right to freak out when someone tries to help you, and that is the exact reason everyone here has attempted to post. Im sorry, you cant release the information, but sometimes its better to be calm and collected about some issues, and freaking out isnt going to help anyone, but raise tension, frustration levels, and eventually get you in trouble on the forums. thumb.gif
As for help, there isnt much you can do other than wait for the authorities to recover the laptop, and plan out your defensive plan when you get it back. Sadly, its the truth. As said above, a BIOS level password can be good, but like others said, you have to be careful, passwords make thieves think that wiping fixes everything. Even if a hard drive is wiped, or the information deleted (some thieves are too young or do not know enough about computers to do a proper wipe, other than just deleting information on the computer) can be recovered if not completely written over by other data after being deleted. If it is an SSD......... Well, most of that data cant be successfully recovered, as when that data is deleted/wiped, it normally is just a phantom image left over until the space is needed by other data. Hence why the government loves HDDs biggrin.gif
Hope your father can get his laptop back successfully, and the thief punished for his crime.
The cop, myself, and my dad all know who it is that has it. He just needs evidence. Apparently they've been breaking into houses a lot lately and I'm sure if they do it again he can get a search warrant.
    
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post #26 of 56
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How bout you get the hell out of my thread kid.
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Who do you all think you are now, House? The police are doing what they can...
I wasn't asking for a lawyer, I was asking for things like maybe you would have learned from personal experience.

Lmao, you're the one asking us for help and you act like this?

Pshh, you honestly don't deserve any help.
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post #27 of 56
Hey, I might have some advice. But the whole situation is not my business, so I'll just keep the advice for my self. Have a good day cheers.gif
 
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OCN, keeping it professional since owait...
    
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The cop, myself, and my dad all know who it is that has it. He just needs evidence. Apparently they've been breaking into houses a lot lately and I'm sure if they do it again he can get a search warrant.

So what do you want from us then? You already know who took it. The only advice is common sense. What could you have possibly gained from this thread?
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So what do you want from us then? You already know who took it. The only advice is common sense. What could you have possibly gained from this thread?
I don't know, try asking the 5 other people I already explained this to :3
    
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