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Wi-Fi Finders Let Thieves Track Down Hidden Laptops

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:44 am
by sunnyd
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/0 ... ml?hpg1=bn

Stuffing your company laptop into the car trunk or even a locker, without turning off its Wi-Fi radio, can be an open invitation to thieves, according to Credant Technologies.

Theives with increasingly sophisticated, directional Wi-Fi detectors can home in on the laptop's radio, tracking it down even when the PC is hidden away.

Hmm... something to think about. I have never in the past turned my laptop wi-fi off when it's in my car locked up.

Re: Wi-Fi Finders Let Thieves Track Down Hidden Laptops

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:43 pm
by zbeast
What laptops have there wifi active when they are in sleep mode?

Re: Wi-Fi Finders Let Thieves Track Down Hidden Laptops

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:59 pm
by sunnyd
I have had issues with using sleep mode, and I know of others that have had "wake up" issues as well that affect wi-fi, and it appears to be mostly with HP laptops, so I don't use it. My current one is an HP.

Re: Wi-Fi Finders Let Thieves Track Down Hidden Laptops

PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:46 pm
by MrFredPFL
they weren't saying the wifi still works in sleep mode.

Sean Glynn, Credant's vice president of marketing, said in a press release that some number of users close the cover of the laptop without realizing there may be a delay of 30 minutes before it shifts into sleep mode. The Wi-Fi radio remains on, detectable by a scanner.


to me, that implies "The Wi-Fi radio remains on [until the laptop actually enters sleep mode]"