11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2011 11:12 AM by Philly_Phan
t-rex243 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My home was broken into a couple of weeks ago and among the items stolen was my Wifi only iPad2.  The following morning I remembered that I had it set up on "find my iphone" so I did a search.  It couldn't be found because it was either turned off or not near a Wifi signal.  I performed a remote lock and at 5:16pm (approx. 30 hours after the burglary) I received an email that my iPad had made a Wifi connection and was now locked.  The GPS location took the police to a Red Roof Inn a few miles from my hourse, but weren't able to make an arrest until a week and a half later.  This guy has hit several homes in the area and we were actually able to recover a few items, however, the computer and iPad have yet to be found. 

 

My question is this:  Is there a way for my thief to get around my passcode and reset the device?  I ask because the iPad has not connected to Wifi since that night.  We have reason to believe that it was not pawned, but sold to a random person and I find it very interesting that nobody has tried to use it.  I suppose there are things they can do on it without a Wifi connection, but not much and certainly not if it's locked. 


iPad 2
  • desmond31 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    I would like you to wipe it out first cause there may be important info on the iPad secondly I think there is a way to get around the password lock by just restoring the iPad

  • desmond31 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Well when my iPad got locked and I forgot the password I went to the apple store and the told me to restore the devise but when I reached home I tried a random password and I got it right so I practically never tried it out

  • t-rex243 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I wipe it clean will "find my iphone" still work?  The police actually didn't even want me to lock it so that he would use it and we could track him, but it was too late.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    Unfortunately, it's quite easy to get around the passcode.  The code protects your "soft" stuff (apps, movies, music, data, etc.) but not the hardware.  The thief can do a simple Restore and he has a brandy new iPad!  Again, your personal information will have been wiped out.

     

    Now, if he also stole the SAME computer that you've been using to sync the iPad, it's a different story.  He can disable your passcode AND access your personal info.  If that is the case, I strongly suggest that you check EVERY financial account that was on the iPad and, after confirming all is OK, change your passwords.

     

    By the way, the Wifi-only iPad does NOT have GPS.  The location determination is much less precise and relies on the presence of known routers.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    t-rex243 wrote:

     

    If I wipe it clean will "find my iphone" still work?

    No.

  • desmond31 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    The guy above has some point

  • t-rex243 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow!  Yes, he took my computer too.  However, I've checked all of my financial accounts and we're fine.  My computer was on when he took it, but he shut it down or let the battery die then he'd have to have my password to get back in.  I deauthorized that computer from my iTunes account.  Does that help in any way?

     

    Even though the Wifi only model doesn't have a GPS it was actually quite accurate with the location.  Accurate enough for an arrest.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    t-rex243 wrote:

     

    Wow!  Yes, he took my computer too.  However, I've checked all of my financial accounts and we're fine.

    That's good.  Most everything else is covered by insurance but problems there can be a real hassle.

     

    t-rex243 wrote:

     

    I deauthorized that computer from my iTunes account.  Does that help in any way?

    Not really.  That will prevent him from listening to the purchased music.  Also, I'm not certain but I believe that he can re-authorize the computer quite easily.

     

    t-rex243 wrote:

     

    Even though the Wifi only model doesn't have a GPS it was actually quite accurate with the location.  Accurate enough for an arrest.

    I've seen some locations where the WiFi location is lucky to be within several miles and other locations where it's 25 feet.  Until several months ago, my own home was predictably located a hundred yards distant.  Then, apparently the database was updated and now I'm within the 25-foot range!

     

     

     

    I've been saying "he" and "him" all along but the thief may well be female!

  • desmond31 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Yeah I have found the location of my home miles away on the find my iPad thing:p

  • t-rex243 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're correct, the theif was male.

     

    I'm pretty sure you have to have the iTunes password to authorize a computer. 

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    t-rex243 wrote:

     

    I'm pretty sure you have to have the iTunes password to authorize a computer.

    Thinking about it a bit more, I believe that you're correct.