6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 21, 2012 12:22 AM by Network 23
Littleman484 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My computer was just stolen , is there  way to track its location


MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), iOS 5.1.1
  • 1. Re: Can stolen. Mac book pro be tracked
    Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,270 points)

    If you've got Icloud enabled, you might have a remote chance of finding it.

     

    The best way is to start scanning for sale ads on craigslist or ebay in your area.

     

    Other than that, pawnshops maybe.

     

    First thing to do is to report is stolen at your local PD.

  • 2. Re: Can stolen. Mac book pro be tracked
    Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,690 points)

    If you had the Find My Mac feature enabled, you could track it...if it is on a network.

     

    Or if you had already installed and setup one of the apps that helps thwart thieves, like Orbicule Undercover.

     

    If you haven't done these things, you want to do the same as you would for any other stolen item like a TV. Report it to the police. And if you can't get it back, get reimbursed by your insurance company.

  • 3. Re: Can stolen. Mac book pro be tracked
    GTCA Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    When my son had his MBP stolen, the police got some information from Apple, some kind of number, apparently every computer has a unique signature on line.  Anyway, they were able to track it to an apartment complex, but said if it had been a home they could've gotten a warrant, but because it was at a location with multiple residents, a judge wouldn't give such a general warrant.

  • 5. Re: Can stolen. Mac book pro be tracked
    Shah_Min Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    If you had icloud activated on your MBP and you turned on the find my mac feature yes. 
    go to iCloud.com and sign in. 

  • 6. Re: Can stolen. Mac book pro be tracked
    Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,690 points)

    GTCA wrote:

     

    When my son had his MBP stolen, the police got some information from Apple, some kind of number, apparently every computer has a unique signature on line.

    This might the unique address of the network card which is burned in at the factory. Either the Ethernet port or the wireless card. The technical name is Media Access Control address or MAC address (unrelated to Mac computers).

     

    Because it is in the hardware, it can't be changed by reformatting the system, although a knowledgeable hacker could change it.