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Harvard to install security software into student laptops

Posted by Your Town  August 20, 2013 05:27 PM

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Harvard will give students this fall the option of installing a security software on their laptops, in an effort to curb laptop theft on campus.

According to the Harvard University Police Department, approximately 90 laptops are stolen from Harvard's campus each year. HUPD has hired Absolute Software, a security company, to embed a tracking system in students computers. The service will cost a student $20 for four years.

If a laptop is lost or stolen, Absolute Software will first track and locate the computer. The company will then work with local police to recover it.

The computer owners will also be able to remotely lock their computers and delete files, to protect themselves from identity theft.

Steven Catalano, a spokesman for the HUPD, said today that the school previously glued metal plates that had identifying numbers on them onto a student's laptop. The program was successful in tracking down lost or stolen computers, he said.

But with the security technology, Catalano said he hopes to prevent even more laptops from being stolen or misplaced.

"We want people to take precautions so they are never in a position where their computers are stolen," he said.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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