Gateway is now offering
"Mobile Theft Protection" in their M250, M460 and M680 notebooks, as per a press release on Tuesday. It has features to both track the laptop physically and destroy sensitive data in the event it is lost or stolen. There is a refund worth upwards of $1,000 for a laptop that is not recovered. No word on how this impacts people who already ensure their electronic equipment. This is a good thing in my eyes, as laptops are a hot item that is unbelievably easy to steal
. According to the article, laptop theft has been on the rise. The laptops already feature TPM (Trusted Platform Module), formerly known as TPA. This has been an issue of controversy in the IT industry for a while, but thankfully it is still an optional feature with components using it. The article mentions other vendors performing similar maneuvers, such as IBM's Fingertip reader.