The regular loss of laptops by everyone from bank employees to federal ones has proven time and again how easy it is to misplace these staples of the modern mobile workforce. For this reason, Absolute Software’s new emergency file retrieval service sounds like an idea whose time has definitely come.

Absolute announced that it is adding “Emergency Remote Data Retrieval” capabilities to its laptop management suite, Computrace. When a computer is stolen, Absolute clients can specify sensitive files on the computer, securely retrieve them remotely and then execute an emergency data delete operation to ensure the files do not fall into the wrong hands.

“Often computers contain sensitive information or unique documents that are not saved anywhere else. Ask yourself how often you back up your own files, and you will get a sense for how often this is the case—particularly for regular business travelers,” said John Livingston, CEO of Absolute.

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