The portability of your laptop makes it easy to take anywhere, but this convenience is a double-edged sword. A thief could run off with your laptop in seconds.
Common sense says to not leave a laptop unattended for long periods of time! A criminal could just hang out in a coffee shop and take off once you step away. Vigilance is the strongest deterrent from theft.
Of course, there are times when you have to step away for a second. With these programs, you'll be more comfortable leaving your computer alone.
LAlarm - LAlarm triggers a high-pitched siren if someone tries to take your Windows computer. It's easy to activate, allowing you to grab another cup of coffee or run to the restroom.
If your power adapter is unplugged or the laptop is moved, an alarm sounds at full volume. It can't be turned off without logging back in.
LAlarm has some more advanced features as well. You can set safe zones where the alarm won't go off. It can send you a text message if the laptop is stolen.
iAlertU - I know what you're thinking - what about my Mac? iAlertU presents an awesome way to protect your MacBook. If a thief messes with your machine, it plays an alarm that cranks your speakers to the highest volume. The whole store will know a thief is on the loose.
The alarm sounds any time someone touches the keyboard or trackpad. Closing the lid or moving the computer sets it off, as well. Thieves won't be able to come near your computer without you knowing.
This sensitivity means you need to set a hotkey that you won't forget to shut it off. You can also turn it off with an Apple remote or any Apple mobile device. It's just like activating a car alarm!
Prey - Unlike the previous solutions that can help prevent a theft, Prey is focused on tracking and catching the thief.
It runs silently in the background for both PCs and Macs. There's even an app that protects your smartphone!
If your laptop is taken, the program broadcasts the laptop's location any time the thief turns it on. If the device isn't connected to the Internet, Prey hunts down the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot and connects.
You'll be able to control many of your computer's features remotely, too. You can hide your information or take a screenshot of the screen. Prey even allows you to activate the webcam and take a mug shot of the thief.
Now, these programs offer great software solutions. A hardware solution could make your laptop a tougher target for thieves.