Please help me track my stolen macbook with an IP address!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by missouri101, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    Hey guys, i'll try and be brief

    so, someone broke into my girlfriends car, and stole my backpack which contained my 2008 Macbook. This happened a few days ago, and obviously I was pretty devastated.

    However, after some quick googling I found out that I can actually track my Macbooks IP address through dropbox. I've been checking this non stop the last few days, and finally today I found that my Macbook had been accessed a few times today at a random IP.

    I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me locate my macbook, and offer me any other tips for tracking it down. (it can be fun playing detective!). I was a member of this site a few years ago, and was blown away by the kindness offered by members, and so felt compelled to reregister again to seek all your help

    thanks in advance, the IP is (I will post again if this changes)
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    What about approaching the police with this? I'm assuming they can backtrace an ip in a criminal case, assuming this isn't a Starbucks you might be business.
  3. quasinormal, Oct 22, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Keep tracking it, you might get a break on a non-public ip address and then get the cops involved with the ip owner
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    thanks for the help, I am continuing to track it. The thief is still continuing to use it at the previously state public ip address, but hopefully he will move to a personal ip soon. I will keep you updated
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011

    If he's using the same spot regularly, maybe there's someone to talk to about refining finding him on that network? THe ip should resolve to a physical location at least
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    new ip

    Hey guys, his IP address has finally changed,

    it is now

    this ip actually shows him being in the city i'm in - Columbia, Missouri. So i'm hoping this could be a bit of a breakthrough. Does anyone know how well I can track him using this? And would this new information be important enough to report to the police? I do already have a police case open....

    thanks again

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