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Real Laptop Theft Recoveries Involving Armed Standoffs, Drug Rings, and Wanted Criminals Remind Consumers that Laptop Recovery is Always Best Left to the Pros

Monday, October 31, 2011

Real Laptop Theft Recoveries Involving Armed Standoffs, Drug Rings, and Wanted Criminals Remind Consumers that Laptop Recovery is Always Best Left to the Pros08:00 EDT Monday, October 31, 2011Recent Recovery Stories Underscore the Value of Protecting Mobile Devices with Absolute Software's Persistence TechnologyVANCOUVER, Oct. 31, 2011 /CNW/ - In honor of Halloween, Absolute® Software Corporation ("Absolute" or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-embedded endpoint security and management solutions, is reminding consumers that the do-it-yourself approach to recovering a stolen laptop can lead to scary situations and encounters with dangerous individuals."You never know who or what is on the other side of a laptop theft. It could range from an innocent bystander who repurchased a stolen laptop to a dangerous and violent criminal," said Mark Grace, Vice President of Consumer Business, Absolute Software. "Why take the risk when a proven theft recovery service like LoJack® for Laptops —and its Theft Recovery Team—exists to do the work for consumers?"To show the real risks of do-it-yourself laptop recovery, Absolute turned to its Theft Recovery Team, a group of former law enforcement officers who have recovered more than 20,000 laptops to date. The following stories detail some of the most dangerous recoveries the Team and its law enforcement partners have been involved with in recent years.Routine Questioning Leads to Armed StandoffIn Tucson, Arizona, Absolute's Theft Recovery Team identified a strong suspect and provided evidence to local police. When officers confronted the thief, what should have been routine questioning quickly escalated into a tense, armed standoff before the customer's laptop was safely recovered. The lead investigator on the scene said, "This one really got my heart pumping," proving that the incident could've easily become deadly for an ordinary civilian.Recovery Uncovers Identity Theft and Drug RingWhile investigating a case in Ventura, California, Absolute's Theft Recovery Team informed police that a potential suspect changed locations repeatedly. Using Absolute's patented technology and tools, the Team was able to assist the Ventura County Sheriff's Department with what they needed to trace the suspect to a seedy motel, and then on to a fancy hotel, where police were able to successfully recover the laptop in question. Not only did the stolen laptop contain evidence of identity theft, the suspect was also in possession of a large cache of drugs and was taken into custody immediately.Two Arrests for the Price of OneIn Metairie, Louisiana, a high school student's laptop was stolen in a vehicle break-in. Because the computer was protected by LoJack for Laptops, Absolute's Theft Recovery Team was able to quickly gather the evidence needed to enable police to execute a search warrant. When officers arrived on the premises, the suspect barricaded himself inside, requiring police to make a forced entry. Once inside, police recovered the laptop and made a two-for-one arrest. The suspect was taken into custody along with his roommate, who had multiple outstanding warrants.With or without theft recovery software, the safest bet is to avoid laptop theft in the first place. To help consumers become more proactive about protecting their laptops, Absolute offers the following tips:Do not use a laptop case - Because laptop cases are often a dead giveaway for thieves, consider carrying laptops in a nondescript bag or backpack.Never leave a laptop unattended - While this may seem like common sense, criminals at the coffee shop or library can strike in seconds. To be safe, keep your laptop near at all times.Don't assume laptops are safe at home - Most laptops are stolen from residences and college campuses. Investing in desk locks or laptop safes will help to deter thieves who look for items they can quickly grab.Personalize your laptop - A laptop that stands out in a crowd is less attractive to a thief and depreciates resale value. Applying skins or stickers will make laptops less of a target.For more laptop safety and theft prevention tips, visit blog.lojackforlaptops.com. To learn more about LoJack for Laptops, visit www.lojackforlaptops.com.How The Technology WorksComputrace® and LoJack for Laptops are powered by the Absolute Software patented Computrace persistence technology. When embedded in the firmware of computers from leading computer manufacturers*, Computrace can survive operating system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and re-imaging, helping to ensure that the service is there when you need it most. Whether a PC or Mac, the software is virtually undetectable and phones home to the Absolute Monitoring Center with location and asset information. If a computer is reported stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team works on behalf of the customer to gather evidence from the computer to identify the thief's location, and then works with local police to get the computer back. Customers can also remotely delete data to help keep it out of the hands of unauthorized users - a reliable contingency in case data protection solutions fail. Computrace or LoJack for Laptops can be easily activated by customers when they install a license ranging from 1-3 years.*For a list of computers with firmware-embedded support, visit www.absolute.com/firmware.About Absolute SoftwareAbsolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the world leader in firmware-embedded endpoint security and management for computers and ultra-portable devices. The Company's Computrace, Absolute Manage, Absolute Secure Drive, and LoJack for Laptops solutions provide organizations with actionable intelligence to prove compliance, generate fast ROI, reduce overhead, and deliver comprehensive visibility and control over all of their endpoints, anywhere, anytime. The Company's software agent is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, and tablets by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com and http://blog.absolute.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected performance, functionality and availability of our services and products, 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.©2011 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 Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any content herein. U.S. patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No. 5,802,280, No. 5,896,497, No. 6,087,937, No. 6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, No. 6,507,914, No. 7,818,557, No. 7,818,803, and No. 7,945,709. Canadian patents No. 2,211,735, No. 2,284,806, and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No. EP0793823, No. GB2298302, and No. GB2338101. German patent No. 69512534. Australian patent No. 699045. Japanese patent No. JP4067035. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained in this news release.For further information: Public Relations: Kate Ryan, Affect kryan@affect.com or 212.398.9680 Investor Relations: Dave Mason, CFA, The Equicom Group dmason@equicomgroup.com or 416.815.0700 x237