Lost Your Computer? Get It Back! Backblaze Launches: Locate My Computer

Locate My Computer

There are many causes of data loss, but a lost or stolen computer has been a guaranteed reason to need Backblaze to recover data. Unfortunately, with some exceptions, the computer itself was gone.

Today, Backblaze announces “Locate My Computer“—a new feature of the Backblaze online backup service that shows you a map of your computer’s location.
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We have heard many painful stories, such as that of the cure for cancer being stolen; and some amazing stories such as Mat Miller recovering his laptop when he noticed the thief backed up his college paper to Backblaze or Mark Bao catching the thief that stole his laptop by downloading a video the thief took of himself.

Since launching the company, we have had a steady stream of people contacting our support team saying, “My computer was stolen—is there anything you can do to help?” With the exception of rare cases, unfortunately, there was little that we could.

Today, all that changes.

With our new Locate My Computer feature, Backblaze enables customers to:

  • Accurately locate their computer on a map
  • Get the ISP their computer is accessing
  • See the IP address it’s using
  • And easily view new files being backed up

Locate My Computer is available immediately and is free to all Backblaze customers. Mapping is enabled for new users; users with existing accounts can turn on mapping. To turn mapping on or off, sign-in and visit the Locate My Computer page. (Please click “Check for Updates” from your menu icon to ensure you are using the latest version.)

When Mark Bao posted the video of the thief he recovered from Backblaze, he posted it to YouTube with the title: “Don’t steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers.” With today’s launch we hope to change that to: “Don’t steal computers from people who use Backblaze.”


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About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.