13. Zapeze (zapeze.com) is a subscription service that allows you to remotely wipe files if your laptop thief goes online. The beauty is that, even if you didn’t safeguard your files before your laptop was stolen, you can take care of things later like a James Bond villain – cackling while you hit Destroy.

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14. You’ve got a much better chance of recovering a stolen laptop that’s registered with a PC tracking service – if the thieves go online it’ll send a signal to the service. You could try Steganos AntiTheft (part of its Secure Traveler suite, steganos.com) or Absolute Laptop Theft Recovery (absolute.com).

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