Adeona: An open source laptop tracking system


Adeona is an open source internet-based laptop tracking system that is free to use. It’s available for Linux, OSX, and Windows XP/Vista. After installation, Adeona will submit at random intervals, anonymously encrypted updates on the computer’s location to servers on the Internet, specifically to OpenDHT, a free storage service. The information is kept on the servers for one week. If your laptop becomes lost or stolen, you can use the retrieval tool to access information about where your laptop was last used: the external IP address, internal IP address, and nearby routers. If your laptop is a Mac, you can also download isightcapture to grab a picture of the thief. Adeona is designed to protect against common criminals who may not have much technological knowledge, and does not have any protections against events such as disk wipes. The open source nature of Adeona’s system means that there’s ample opportunity to improve upon the release or add extensions. Here’s one user who really likes what he sees.

[via Schneier]

Comments

  1. klintor says:

    My laptop is a Dell, but it’s got a built-in webcam (as do many, MANY windows lappies). Is there a free open source app for that?

    Also, not a hack.

  2. ChickenCow says:

    I just got this and I have to say I’m very excited. I am always so overprotective of my Laptop cause it took months to tweek it and Dammit Im not starting over. My only question is, when I play WOW do you think the silent updates might effect my performance?

  3. James says:

    isightcapture doesn’t turn the green isight light off so whomever will realize you’re watching f.y’all’s.i.

  4. sumati says:

    nice list, thanks for sharing.

  5. The Bro says:

    Crap, now I gotta start wearing a ski mask!

  6. Eric says:

    The Adeona software has not worked for the past month due to issues with Open DHT servers. If you installed this on your system thinking it wil protect you, it is important to note that IT IS NOT. If you check the Adeona lists you will see that it has not been functioning for the past month, with no fix in site.

  7. cr08 says:

    It’d be lovely to see more ‘security’ apps made for notebook users right up to really obnoxious and off the wall ideas. Maybe use the bluetooth adapters built in to attempt to connect to any non-protected devices in the vicinity and try to get a message out, crank the volume and sound an alarm, maybe have a small dualbooted partition with a custom built OS made just for the event of the thing getting stolen and if it’s booted into the main OS and knows it’s stolen, modify the bootloader to lock into that second OS and reboot automatically.

    Just some possibilities, obnoxious or not. ;)

  8. robocop says:

    It would be best if you could configure it to send it’s location via email.

    make a spare gmail account just for laptop tracking… dont have to worry about the dht thing…
    or is that what it does?

  9. sean says:

    preyproject.com, check it out.

    open source and does not rely on open dth as adeona.

  10. nisa says:

    If I am not mistaken, adeona is down for the past year, according to Wikipedia. It is still under development as of May 2009. Does anyone know any updates?

  11. Good post congratulations.

  12. Hi Kimberly Lau ………….. They are calling on laptop makers to remove biometric authentication from their machines and to warn all users against using the facial recognition function. keep posting dude.

  13. Sadly thats very true.. the everyday media has brainwashed everybody to think that hacking is a bad thing.. Just keep posting your good work and keep enlightening your readers. Thank you..

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  21. reg plates says:

    Great job … there is a logic in tracking laptops …

  22. Laoptop tracking software. This sounds real good. I just loved your information that you provided here. I want a more detailed information. Please can you give some more information.

  23. Jonh says:

    I found this program on google.
    Seems to work pretty good and is free, but is windows only and lacks some features that paid programs have.

    http://www.laptoplocator.net

  24. Evan says:

    Don’t suppose they could shrink this software to fit something like a psp? Let me know by email and title it adeona psp.

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