Remote Access Software Albany NY

When we reviewed remote access (a.k.a. remote desktop) software we listed a number of benefits the service provides, but here's one we never anticipated: Using it to get your stolen computer back.

Chameleon Systems
(518) 348-1343
80 Blue Jay Way
Rexford, NY
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Internet Services, Web Sites, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software
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OfficeMax
(518) 438-0086
79 Wolf Road
Albany, NY
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 10-6*

Staples
(518) 283-3039
600 Greenbush Road
Rensselaer, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Staples
(518) 356-3638
1350 Altamont Ave.
Rotterdam, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-8:00pm Sat: 9:00am-7:00pm Sun :11:00am-6:00pm

OfficeMax
(518) 373-0927
54 The Crossing Blvd.
Clifton Park, NY
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 10-6*

Staples
(518) 435-9920
1440 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Staples
(518) 426-0044
241 Route 9W
Glenmont, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Staples
(518) 782-7839
601 Troy-Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Staples
(518) 371-1482
24 Maxwell Drive
Clifton Park, NY
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Computer Answers
(518) 207-1477
87 North Lake Ave
New York, NY
 
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Remote access software catches a thief

Posted by kent on September 17th, 2009

When we reviewed remote access (a.k.a. remote desktop) software we listed a number of benefits the service provides, but here's one we never anticipated: Using it to get your stolen computer back. According to an article in PCWorld , that's exactly what David Krop did when he had two laptops stolen from his locked SUV.

While leaving the computers in his SUV was not the smartest move, his next move was: he used the LogMeIn remote access software that he had installed to monitor and gather data on the laptop's new owner. He was able to monitor the complete activities of the stranger, activities that included chatting, checking email, making Facebook updates, posting sexually explicit Craigslist ads, and downloading pornography. Eventually Krop had enough information to send police to the home of the suspect. Of course, this is not the intended use of remote access software; Krop was lucky his target wasn't smart enough to realize the software was running.

The suspect turned out not to be the thief, but merely a recipient of stolen property. He had bought the computer at a barbershop, even though he was pretty sure it was stolen, and he already had a laptop:

The buyer already had a PC; but it was infected with viruses, and fixing it would have cost $150. "So instead of paying $150 to get my viruses fixed, I thought I'd buy this one for $300."

The viruses no doubt came from his habit of downloading pornography. Still, he would have probably been better off paying $60 or less for Internet security software , although we don't imagine NextAdvisor is a site he visits much.

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