ASUS launches business notebooks with Computrace embedded in the firmware
VANCOUVER, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Absolute(R) Software Corporation ("Absolute"
or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based,
patented, Computer Theft Recovery, Data Protection and Secure Asset
Tracking(R) solutions announced today that the popular ASUS B50 line of
business notebooks now provide embedded support for Absolute's mobile computer
anti-theft and management solution Computrace(R). Computrace is shipped in a
non-active state and can be activated in the firmware by customers upon
purchasing a subscription to Absolute's security services.
"Absolute's Computrace is an essential layer of security for our highly
mobile notebook computers," said Kevin Huang, Senior Marketing Director of
ASUS. "With Absolute embedded in the firmware, we can give our executive
customers access to the recovery capabilities of Computrace so they can rest
assured that their notebook and data are safe."
ASUS' B50 takes every consideration of the business executive's varied
computing needs for power, reliability, mobility, and security into account.
The B50A offers additional levels of security with an integrated biometric
fingerprint scanner and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for secure login and
encryption. These features help to ensure that data and transactions through
the notebook are secure, yet remain efficient and easy to use.
With embedded support for Computrace, ASUS customers can fully benefit
from subscriptions to Absolute's complete range of Computrace and
Computrace(R) LoJack(R) for Laptops anti-theft and management solutions - with
tamper-resistant, self-healing capabilities. Computrace delivers the ability
- Track and manage computers on the LAN or in the field
- Remotely delete sensitive information for regulatory compliance
- Physically recover lost or stolen computers
- Easily inventory all computers regardless of their location
- Remotely inventory software licenses
- Detect hardware changes or prohibited software installations
- Conduct post-theft forensic investigations into computer use
"ASUS is one of the world's top 10 notebook manufacturers. They are
recognized for their expertise in creating notebooks for the mobile business
executive; those who are frequent travelers and as a result, often find
themselves in areas at high risk for theft," said John Livingston, Chairman
and CEO of Absolute. "According to the Ponemon Institute, 53% of mobile
professionals carry confidential information on their notebook computers.(1)
By providing the ability to delete files and identify if files have been
accessed, Absolute is focused on providing comprehensive security for that
sensitive information should a notebook become lost or stolen."
How Computrace Solutions Work
Computrace(R) software is embedded in the firmware of computers from the
world's leading computer manufacturers right at the factory for extreme
tamper-resistance.(2) The stealthy Computrace Agent is capable of surviving
operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats,
replacements and re-imaging. It can be activated by customers when they
purchase a subscription with terms ranging from one to four years.
When a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team uses
information sent via Computrace to investigate computer thefts, document
evidence and work with local law enforcement to physically recover missing
computers and prosecute computer thieves. To augment their investigation, the
team deploys a powerful set of theft recovery tools developed by Absolute,
which include capabilities such as keystroke loggers, web cameras, location
tracking (Wi-Fi triangulation, GPS) and remote access tools. All tools are
only employed post-theft with express and unambiguous customer authorization
and consent and are used exclusively by Absolute's trained professionals in
order to protect privacy.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of
more than eight thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company's
revenue for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT
companies in BusinessWeek's "InfoTech 100", and has been on the listing for 11
consecutive years. ASUS was also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as
No.1 in quality and service in Taiwan.
About Absolute Software
Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the leader in computer theft
recovery, data protection and Secure Asset Tracking(R) 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 firmware of computers by global
leaders, including Dell, Fujitsu, MPC, General Dynamics Itronix, 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.
(1) Ponemon Institute, Airport Insecurity: the case of lost laptops, 2008
(2) For a complete list of firmware-supported computers visit:
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(C)2008 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace
and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation.
LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under license by
Absolute Software Corp. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any content
herein. 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. Japanese patent No. JP4067035. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither
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