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    Default Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    I have been given a university assignment to create a security tool and i was going to code one in java. A while ago a load of computers where stolen from the university and i plan on making a security tool to track the computers if they are ever stolen again. The programme I plan on making will be installed on a university computer, each time the computer boots up and connects to a network the programme checks to see if the computer is connected to the university network. If it isnt the program logs all the current network information such as the external ip address (used for tracking where the computer is) and emails it to the security staff at the university. so if a computer is stolen and connected to a network that is not a part of the university security will be notified and the can pass the information on to the authorities

    Now i know this isnt a new idea and there are probably a lot better ways of tracking a computer but it doesn't have to be a new idea as long as I create a working programme my self. So how hard would a programme like this be to make with java, is it worth doing or should i come up with a new idea

    any advise would be great thanks.

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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    It could be done although in my opinion it would be more appropriate to write it in natively supported language (so it doesn't require a JVM). In any event, the problem is that it could easily be circumvented. If I were such a person, the first thing I would do would be to remove the hard drive and reformat it. I wouldn't even turn it on.

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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    Thank you for the feedback. And i agree that this method would be easily stopped by formatting the hard drive but i was thinking more for everyday people. i dont believe an average user would think to check programs running in the background or realise if they where being monitored. once again thanks for the advice

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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    An average user wouldn't nick a computer.

    But, I wouldn't bet on a regular thief being necessarily smart either...:)
    I agree with jim, though. This would be better done using native code, though you could always compile the Java to native.
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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    What's the real purpose here; to prove that you can do it (which means you can use any platform you are familiar with), or to actually make something that will be actually put to use and will require a certain standard of quality and success? (in which case you should pick something else)
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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    What's the real purpose here; to prove that you can do it (which means you can use any platform you are familiar with), or to actually make something that will be actually put to use and will require a certain standard of quality and success? (in which case you should pick something else)

    It is to prove i can do it. this wont wont be implemented on the actual university computers.

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    Default Re: Would like to know if my idea is possible in java

    Yeah you see, then you can certainly do it using Java. But the fact remains that Java is not really the tool for this job, whatever you make will be severely limited in its security and abilities and you won't be able to implement all the requirements you can throw at such an application in pure java. I would still pick something else that is more in line with what the Java platform is designed to do - if you must use Java of course.
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