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Previously I’ve suggested some tricks that can possibly help you to recover, track and locate your stolen laptop. What about small and useful gadgets such as USB flash drives, memory cards and MP3 players that are easy to carry around but also easy to misplace and get stolen?

Here is a free security program that you can use to help protect your devices by alerting you when your USB digital device is connected to another individual’s computer. It is also able to track down the location of where your device is being used.

ihound is revolutionary software that helps protect your devices by alerting you when your USB digital device is connected to another individual’s computer. All you need to do is:

1. Sign up for a free account at ihound and login.
2. Add a device to track.
3. Download the ihound software that is specifically used to recognize your device
4. Run the downloaded ihound software to install a tracking program on to your device

When your missing USB digital device is being plugged in to a computer, you will:
1. Get a notification email telling you that your tracked device is being located.
2. Get a detailed report on where it is being used by logging in to ihound’s website.

The method that ihound uses to track your USB devices is pretty simple. It uses the same method on how viruses spreads from USB flash drive. ihound copies 4 files (autorun.inf, Device, icon.ico, MyPasswords.exe) to the root of your USB device. Autorun.inf, Device and icon.ico are hidden and only MyPasswords.exe is visible which looks like a text document.

So if the user’s computer settings has “Do not show hidden files and folders” selected and also “Hide extensions for known file types” checked, most likely they’ll be tricked to run MyPasswords.exe thinking that it is a text file containing passwords. Even accessing the drive letter from My Computer will also automatically run MyPasswords.exe.

When MyPasswords.exe file is being run, important information such as computer name, user name, operating system, IP address, time and date will be automatically being sent to ihound’s server and ihound will also email the owner to notify that the missing device has been located. The owner can then log in to ihound’s website to print the report and bring it to the police or other authorities and have them call the ISP provider in order to determine who is using the IP address that was tracked.

I was wondering that since ihound software uses virus technology to try to trick the thief into running MyPasswords.exe, will it be identified as a virus or riskware? I uploaded MyPasswords.exe to VirusTotal and all 40 antivirus did not detect MyPasswords.exe as virus.

Actually this method is not perfect because the person who has your USB device must run MyPasswords.exe file either by being tricked or access the USB device from My Computer. The computer must also have an Internet connection to be able to send the important information to ihound’s server. If the computer has a firewall, it will definitely tell you that MyPasswords.exe is trying to access the Internet and send information. No matter what, ihound USB device tracking software is free and takes up less than 45KB from your USB device. Who knows it might help you to recover your missing USB device someday. Better safe than sorry.

[ Track your USB digital device with ihound ]

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