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06. 02. 2006

Make your gadgets unstealable with Datadots

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When I finally bought an iPod, it was after 2 years of waiting for the “right” model to come along. But my troubles failed to cease – for along came the fear of getting my precious one nicked. There isn’t a truly comprehensive insurance scheme available for portable electronics as yet, so we recommend that you take a look at Datadots for some solace. So what are Datadots? The Datadots DNA kit contains a bunch of tiny dots suspended in adhesive which you smear on your beloved gadgets. Each dot within the kit contains the same unique serial number which you register at the Datadots site. The idea is that if the device is stolen and is recovered by police, they can trace it back to you.

Wondering what’s the use of Datadots once the device is already stolen? For one, the police can definitely tell if the gadget is stolen. If you are a persistent gluer, you can also stick the dots in different places on the gadget (though it is recommended to smear the glue mostly on the gadget innards, to keep it looking pretty). A major deterrent for thieves is that they will end up with a very ugly gadget if they try scraping off all the dots. The glue also contains warning stickers to highlight that the gadget has been marked against theft.

Datadots are also being used by car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Ford Australia to reduce car thefts, and by several corporations and leading manufacturers as well. Check out the Datadots global website for further information.

The basic kit is priced at $19.95 and the advanced kit at $34.95.

Via Gearlog.

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What happens if a thief with a vial of these things comes along, sticks them on your stuff, and then claims them as his/hers? Their site says "Police need to find only 1 dot to prove ownership and make an arrest."

I wote about other protection methods. It is related to this post
http://marketallica.wordpress.com/2006/05/21/innovative-services-to-protect-your-digital-assets/

Kanchana:

@xenobiologista :

I guess there is nothing that prevents a thief from smearing the dots over the gadgets himself to claim ownership. But then, the police would also find your dots (which, hopefully, you have smeared in locations that only you would know, as owner of the gadget) - you could atleast stake a valid claim in this case.

This alone may not be enough for the police to conclude beyond doubt, but it would definitely be a good starting point.

David:

I really doubt a thief would be able to do that.. number one, each id number in the dots is unique.. and if there were two, wouldnt the person submitting the stolen property report be the one who was legit?

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