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March 26, 2009

Shut Down Your Computer With A Text Message

at 8:01 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks


I don’t use Outlook as my mail reader but if I did this would be a cool hack to shutdown computers (or launch other programs). I could see this to be useful to perform backups on demand without having to log into the actual computer. It isn’t very secure but it is a good example of security through obscurity.

Via: Tugatronica




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9 Responses to “Shut Down Your Computer With A Text Message”

  1. keneida Says:

    I would prefer starting a computer not turning it off

  2. nick Says:

    I can see this being used by a ‘script kiddy’ by having it spam multiple email addresses with that phrase or am i just thinking too much into this..

  3. Andre Says:

    is pretty good if you want to used for some x10 application to turn on the lights at your house, or to turn on the the webcam and email you a picture.

  4. John Says:

    all you have to do is custom-name your .bat files as rigorously as a strong password, and it would be pretty unlikely a spam attack would activate anything.

  5. John Says:

    btw, almost forgot, most cell-phone carriers have free, pre-built methods so that you can do sms-to-email without having to register for an account with qwiry:


  6. Ben Wardill Says:

    I set this up yesterday with thunderbird. I had to download an addon to thunderbird though as it doesn’t support VB scripting (or something). Anyway, never used that kwiry thing as my phone supports email.

    Its really good. I use it when the misses is looking through my porno collection 😛

  7. bob Says:

    I did something similar to this a few years ago… I had it set up to turn on my computer if I sent a specific code via text message to a specific gmail account.
    I installed the OpenWRT firmware on my Linksys WRT-54g wireless router and was treated to a full suite of linux commands… From there it was relatively simple to set up a cron job to telnet into gmail’s POP server, get all the new messages, grep for my phone number, then grep for the password.. There’s a handy program called etherwake I then used to turn on my computer.

  8. jesse Says:

    but the sms costs’ money right? does it.

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Jesse,

    Yes sometimes SMS messages cost money, on some plans they are free.

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