6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2012 6:46 PM by Philly_Phan
joyfullyalive Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello there,

 

Recently my ipad was stolen during a trip to Costa Rica. I was wondering if I should remotely lock the stolen ipad as I wait for the theives to access wi-fi in order for me to be able to locate where it is through the GPS system? I already have a police report filed and hope it will turn up...but in the meantime....

  • 1. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (58,265 points)

    Ummm... you can't lock it if it's not on WiFi somewhere...even then you would have had to enabled Find My iPad enabled before it was stolen.

     

    The theif probalby already wiped it, so it's gone for good.

  • 2. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    joyfullyalive Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm hoping that I did. I'm not sure if that's enabled. Is there a way to find out. When I search for it on icloud it just says locating and then finally...offline. I have a pending request to lock it, but I'm hoping that doesn't get in the way of being able to access it. Should I keep pressing locate on the icloud website or will it simply keep searching for it until wifi is accessed. I go on relgiously to press locate, but I'm not even sure if it's necessary. Perhaps the first time is enough?

  • 3. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (6,135 points)

    Keep checking.  But if the bad guy is smart enought to not turn it on, or to simply wipe it, you are out of luck.  Sorry...

  • 4. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    joyfullyalive Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What do you mean by wipe?

  • 5. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (58,265 points)

    Erase it.

  • 6. Re: Waiting to locate stolen ipad
    Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,705 points)

    Change your iTunes (Apple ID) password along with any other password that was stored in the iPod.  If any passwords are associated with credit cards, contact the CC company and get your card replaced (with a new number).  If any passwords are associated with your bank or any savings institution, contact them also and discuss approprate action with them.

     

    The "Find my..." function is pretty much useless if the device is in the hands of a thief.  All that is necessary is for the thief to connect to any computer with iTunes and "Restore as new."

     

    The only real protection you have is with the personal information on the device rather than the physical device itself.  This requires action before the device is lost/stolen.  If the device has significant personal information, it should have a strong 8-digit (or longer) password AND be configured for automatic wipe in the event of ten consecutive incorrect password entries.