Acer customers now have enhanced computer security with Computrace
by Absolute Software and Intel Anti-Theft Technology
VANCOUVER, June 23 /CNW/ - Absolute(R) Software Corporation (TSX: ABT)
announced today the availability of Computrace(R) and Intel(R) Anti-Theft
Technology for Acer TravelMate 6493 and 6593 notebooks.
The Acer TravelMate 6493 and 6593 notebooks will ship with Computrace
technology from Absolute Software built into the BIOS firmware and Intel(R)
Centrino(R) 2 Processors featuring Intel(R) Anti-Theft Technology. Absolute
and Acer customers can now have support for tamper-resistant computer security
with the patented Computrace technology embedded during Acer's manufacturing
process. With Computrace, customers can also activate the lock-down
capabilities of Intel Anti-Theft Technology.
Computrace subscriptions for all models of Acer computers are available
immediately though Absolute Software and its network of partner resellers.
"Customers have been able to use Computrace and Computrace LoJack for
Laptops products on Acer computers for many years. Absolute and Acer have
collaborated to embed Absolute's technology in the firmware for additional
tamper-resistance," said John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute. "With
this new collaboration between Acer, Intel and Absolute, Acer is giving their
customers the best solutions available to track, manage and protect their
With the Acer TravelMate 6493 and 6593 notebooks, Computrace and Intel
Anti-Theft Technology, IT administrators can:
- Take advantage of the full range of Computrace IT asset management
- Manage and track notebooks to more quickly identify if they go
- Remotely delete data from missing notebooks or at end-of-lease or
- Recover stolen notebooks with the services of the Absolute Theft
- Using the Intel Anti-Theft Technology capabilities, disable a
notebook remotely or when preset criteria are met.
"With the increase of business laptop sales, theft management has become
an important issue for the rapidly growing mobile workforce," said George
Thangadurai, director of Strategic Planning and general manager, Intel
Anti-theft Services, Intel Mobile Platforms Group. "Our collaboration with
Acer and Absolute is bringing customers new worldwide scalable hardware-based
security solutions using Intel Anti-Theft Technology to deter theft."
How Computrace Solutions Work
The Computrace(R) Agent that powers Absolute Software solutions is
embedded in the firmware of select Acer computers right at the factory or it
can be installed by the customer.(*) Embedded in the firmware of a computer for
enhanced tamper-resistance, the stealthy Computrace Agent is capable of
surviving operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats,
replacements and re-imaging. The Agent can be activated by customers when they
purchase a subscription with terms ranging from one to four years.
The Agent regularly contacts the Absolute Monitoring Center servers -
sending location and IT asset management information that is accessible via
the Absolute Customer Center web portal. Customers log in to the Absolute
Customer Center to access that information, manage their IT asset population,
run reports, remotely delete data and plot the location of their computers and
mobile devices on a map.
If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can use
location information sent by the computer and forensically mine it using a
variety of procedures including key captures, registry scanning, file
scanning, geolocation, and other investigative techniques to determine who has
the computer and how it is being used. Absolute then works with local law
enforcement to help recover the computer.
Intel Anti-Theft Technology allows IT administrators to enable a timer
that disables the notebook if it does not check in with the Absolute
Monitoring Center within a set period of time. Alternatively, if IT learns
that a notebook has gone missing, they can remotely lock the computer via the
Absolute Customer Center. Once IT is satisfied that the notebook is safe and
in their control, they can rapidly reactivate the computer using a
reactivation token given to them by Absolute. For more detailed information on
how Computrace with Intel Anti-Theft Technology works, download the whitepaper
Firmware support for Computrace and hardware support for Intel Anti-Theft
Technology will be available globally on the Acer TravelMate 6493 and 6593
notebooks through www.acer.com beginning summer 2009.
(*) For a complete list of firmware-supported computers, see
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 software is embedded in the firmware of computers by global
leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, 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 and
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technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work
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(C)2009 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace,
Absolute and Secure Asset Tracking are registered trademarks of Absolute
Software Corporation. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel
Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. 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.
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