Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jmh1028, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    So my friend's 1-week-old Pro got stolen from his car and now it's gotten me all worried about my MBA.

    I did some research and found the following software:

    1) Prey (free & article in LifeHacker):

    2) Orbicule (seen in search threads but costs $40+; would it be worth the money when compared to Prey or other software?)

    Any other software out there? Anyone that uses these (or others) tell me about their experience?

    Thank you
  2. macrumors 6502a

  3. macrumors 68020


  4. macrumors 65816

    Another vote for Prey - good and cheap (or free).
  5. macrumors 68040

    Without BIOS persistence, I would say these are worthless as a reformat or change of the harddrive removes it.

    Does anyone feel otherwise?
  6. macrumors 68020


    This is most likely true. Albeit, that depends on how "Find my Mac" works.

    I doubt even "Find my Mac" will be useful if the drive is erased or modified.

    Would be surprised if it did.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    The problem with these apps in combination with Lion is that it means you have to leave your harddrive unencrypted. Because the way FileVault2 works in Lion, it encrypts the whole disk. And this software relies on the thief actually booting into the OS and using it. They can't do that if it's encrypted because the password has to be entered before booting.

    Under Snow Leopard FileVault (1) encrypted only a user's home directory so it was possible to make a guest account and leaving it unencrypted and passwordless, so the thief could use the internet and the software could call home, while still protecting your data from the thief by encrypting your personal home directory.

    So now with Lion it becomes a trade-off: Protect your data well or have a chance at recovering the laptop when stolen (only under certain circumstances). Personally I'd go for the former, as a precaution against identity theft.

    I wonder if Find My Mac has a solution for this (e.g. will it work even before booting). That would really solve this problem.
  8. macrumors 65816

    will prey work if you have a password login?

    just looking at this software and it looks ideal for my new MBA. But am just thinking. If anything happened to my MBA, how will this software work, when you have a username and password, that needs to be entered before you can access the desktop etc?

    thanks in advance
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Like I said above, it won't work in that case. The old way used to be to make a guest account to allow internet access by anyone, but you have to forgo FileVault (encryption) now with Lion since it encrypts the whole disk.
  10. macrumors 68020


    If you protect your security sensitive data with encrypted sparse bundle disk images, then this isn't an issue.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Prey Project and a Firmware Password...good to go.
  12. macrumors 68000


    My advice, don't leave your $1000 electronics just sitting out like your friend, and you shouldn't have to worry about it being lost or stolen.

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