June 23, 2008 12:29 pm

GadgetTrak: Anti-theft for mobile devicesMy recent InventHelp blog on the camera that “phones home” when stolen or lost got me thinking: not only do I treasure my precious photos, but what would I do if I lost my beloved iPod? Or my BlackBerry, which holds the contact information of my very important gadget-loving friends?

One company has found a way to help gadget owners feel more secure about protecting their property. GadgetTrak, based in Portland, Ore., offers a number of products that protect everything from PCs to mobile phones to portable electronics.

For example, if your cell phone is stolen, GadgetTrak’s PhoneBak will send you an SMS message with culprit’s new phone number and other information to help you recover your phone. Prices of the services for protecting phones, PCs and iPods vary, but a basic phone protection plan starts around $24.95.

InventHelp’s Invention Girl knows most people aren’t thieves, but I do know quite a few forgetful gadget owners (myself included). When items are simply lost, GadgetTrak has unique “lost and found” tags that help finders to get in touch with you while protecting your personal privacy. The Good Samaritan can simply go online and enter a special code into the GadgetTrak site to communicate with owners anonymously.

Pricing is a one-time fee and starts at $9.95 for 5 tags. Although for InventHelp’s Invention Girl, I’d have to go with the 10 tags option for a few bucks more. For me, there’s no way I’d be able to choose my 5 favorite gadgets. That would be like asking a parent to choose her favorite kid!

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