Absolute Software's Computrace LoJack for Laptops Helps Consumers Fight Computer Crime



    Absolute Software highlights customer successes in the personal computing
    market

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Absolute Software Corporation (TSX:ABT)
("Absolute" or the "Company"), the leading provider of firmware-based,
patented Computrace Computer Theft Recovery, Data Protection and Secure Asset
Tracking(TM) announces several recent incidents where its consumer product -
Computrace(R) LoJack(R) for Laptops - recovered stolen laptops and thwarted
computer criminals. In the most recent quarter, Absolute's theft recovery
services have: led police to home invasion suspects, recovered a US citizen's
laptop stolen in Argentina and helped Arizona detectives apprehend a convicted
felon.
    Like other Absolute products, Computrace LoJack for Laptops uses the
Internet to track and recover missing laptop computers. Absolute has
successfully recovered thousands of laptops and in the process, has assisted
police departments in solving other crimes, breaking theft rings, and
apprehending and prosecuting criminals.
    According to Detective Dave Butler of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department, "Following the theft of a laptop in a residential burglary,
Absolute's Recovery Team provided real-time, actionable information on the
location of the stolen computer. We executed a search warrant at a motel and
arrested the suspect while he was still online. The laptop was returned intact
to its owner. This was my first experience with Absolute's Recovery Team, and
their responsiveness was exceptional. I would recommend their products to
anyone who owns a laptop and wants to keep it."
    Among the hundreds of computers recently recovered with the help of
Computrace are the following computer recovery stories:

    Absolute Recovers Laptop: Leads Police to Home Invasion Suspects

    A student at a Connecticut-based University awoke to find three
shotgun-wielding home invaders in his room. At gun point, the thieves made off
with his wallet, cellular phone, car keys and notebook computer. Fortunately,
he wasn't hurt and the University had installed Absolute's Computrace LoJack
for Laptops in his university issued laptop. The University immediately
alerted Absolute's Recovery Team.
    While Bridgeport police officials were initially skeptical, they realized
the value of Absolute's product when, four days later, Absolute was able to
provide its location information along with names of three individuals who
were known felons to police and possibly involved in the invasion. After
working with the Absolute Recovery Team to obtain a search warrant, Bridgeport
police recovered the laptop along with other stolen property and are pursuing
an investigation into the alleged home invaders.

    Computer Signals Authorities: Leads to Arrest of Convicted Felon

    After a thief broke into a locked car and escaped with a laptop and other
electronic equipment, the victim immediately informed law enforcement in
Chandler, Arizona, and the Absolute Recovery Team.
    The laptop was protected by Computrace LoJack for Laptops, which allowed
the Recovery Team to provide Chandler law enforcement officials with the IP
address of the laptop as soon as it went online. A detective then used this
information to subpoena the thief's home address from his Internet Service
Provider ("ISP") and went to the residence with a search warrant. The suspect,
a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms, was found in possession
of the stolen laptop computer. Other items confiscated at the scene included:
various handguns, rifles, shotguns, a large sword as well as illegal drugs and
other allegedly stolen property.

    LoJack for Laptops Recovers US Citizen's Laptop Stolen in Argentina

    When student Steve Kinard bought his Dell Inspiron laptop, he didn't give
much thought to the fact that a subscription to Computrace LoJack for Laptops
was included in his Dell(R) CompleteCare(TM) warranty. He was glad it was when
while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, his new laptop was stolen. In a brazen,
daylight theft, his computer was taken from a bag sitting beside his chair
while he ate lunch at a restaurant. When he realized his laptop was missing,
he reported the theft to the Absolute Recovery Team.
    Unencumbered by international borders, Computrace LoJack for Laptops
allowed the Recovery Team to identify where the stolen computer was as soon as
it accessed the Internet. Then, working with Buenos Aires police officers and
Car Security (a LoJack Corporation licensee), the Theft Recovery Team provided
critical location information, leading to the successful recovery of the
stolen computer - Absolute's first computer theft recovery in Argentina(1).

    How It Works

    When a Computrace-equipped computer is reported stolen, the embedded
Computrace agent sends a silent signal to Absolute's Monitoring Center
providing critical location information. Absolute then works with local law
enforcement to recover the computer, and, if necessary, assists with search
warrant applications and subpoenas to ISPs. The stealthy Computrace software
agent can survive accidental or deliberate attempts at removal or disablement.
With embedded support in the BIOS(2) firmware of a computer, the Computrace
agent is capable of surviving operating system re-installations, as well as
hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging.
    For more information on Absolute Software and its range of Computer Theft
Recovery, Data Protection and Secure Asset Tracking(TM) solutions, please
visit www.absolute.com or www.lojackforlaptops.com.
    For more information on Absolute's success in recovering lost or stolen
computers, please visit:
http://www.absolute.com/resources/resources-by-market.asp

    
    1. Note: Absolute Software makes reasonable efforts to track and recover
       computers all over the world, but offers no guarantees for lost or
       stolen computers outside of our current recovery territory. For full
       details visit: www.absolute.com/pdf/eula.pdf.

    2. For a complete list of BIOS-supported computers please visit
       www.absolute.com/BIOS.
    

    About Absolute Software

    Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the leader in Computer Theft
Recovery, Data Protection and Secure Asset Tracking(TM) solutions. Absolute
Software provides organizations and consumers with solutions in the areas of
regulatory compliance, data protection and theft recovery. The Company's
Computrace(R) software is embedded in the BIOS of computers by global leaders,
including Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic and Toshiba,
and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others,
including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software and Computrace,
visit www.absolute.com or http://blog.absolute.com/.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, the expected performance of our services and products, possible
guarantee payment eligibility, and other expectations, intentions and plans
contained in this press release that are not historical fact. When used in
this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar
expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements
reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and
general market conditions. In light of the many risks and uncertainties you
should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking
statements contained in this press release will be realized.

    (C) 2007 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace
    and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation.
    All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Computrace
    U.S. patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No. 5,802,280, No. 5,896,497,
    No. 6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, and No. 6,507,914. Canadian
    patents No. 2,284,806 and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No. EP793823 and
    No. GB2338101. German patent No. 695 125 34.6-08. Australian patent No.
    699045.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved
    of the information contained in this news release.

    %SEDAR: 00013849E




For further information:

For further information: Public Relations: Courtney Chauvin, Affect
Strategies, (212) 398-9680, courtney@affectstrategies.com; Investor Relations:
Dave Mason, CFA, The Equicom Group, (416) 815-0700 x237,
dmason@equicomgroup.com

Organization Profile

Absolute Software Corporation

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890