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What is it ?

Pombo can help you recover your computer in the event it's stolen.

How does it work ?

Pombo works silentely in the background, hidden, and sends tracking information to a webserver of your choice.

If your computer is stolen, just log into your webserver to get the lastest file uploaded by Pombo, decrypt and hand it to the police. They will have all they need to catch the thief: IP address, date/time, nearby routers, screenshot, and even a photo of his/her face if you have a webcam !

Pombo protects your privacy: Tracking information is encrypted with rock-solid GnuPG and only you can decrypt it.


Sample report

Pombo sends only GnuPG encrypted zip files (for example ubuntu_20090824_155501.zip.gpg) but for practical reasons, here is an example of what they contain:
Pombo 0.0.6 report
Computer: Linux ubuntu 2.6.28-
Public IP:
Date/time: 2009-08-24 15:55:01
Network config:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet
Screenshot Webcam snapshot
Technical report Screenshot Webcam snapshot

What is provided


Recommended software



This program is distributed under the OSI-certified zlib/libpng license.

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty.
In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from
the use of this software.

Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely,
subject to the following restrictions:

    1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
       claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
       in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
       appreciated but is not required.

    2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not
       be misrepresented as being the original software.

    3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.



Version 0.0.7 (which also runs under Windows) is available on BoboTiG's website.


See installation instructions.

Versions history

See this page.

More information

See the Frequently Asked Question.