Anyone have Anti-Theft software on their MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by McGilli, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    Wondering what kind of anti-theft software people are using since there is no way to use a physical cable lock on the MBA.

    Also - anyone with software installed - can you post any experience with having to actually use it to get your mac back or the software companies support.
  2. tuff1444 macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2007
    Plant City
  3. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    Software is not the way to go. The Air isn't meant to be locked to a desk. If you aren't using it you should have it in a bag.
  4. flipside217 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    the bag can also be stolen too, mid as well have some type of other protection too like lojack for laptop. mcgilli, search ebay for lajack for laptops. You can find them cheap on there.
  5. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Not on my MBA, but my MacBook Pro is provided to me by my employer and all of the school's laptops have computrace.

    Interestingly enough, the admins are also alerted when the laptop has not been on a network for a while...
  6. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Anti-Theft software is always a choice between what's more important to you: the security of the hardware vs the security of your data. for the anti-theft software to work, the thief has to be able to log in and use the laptop, unaware that he's being tracked. but data security is all about keeping the thief out-- screensaver password, locking down open firmware, using file vault-- to keep the thief from even logging in.

    i'm more of a data security guy.
  7. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I have Lojack for Laptops. I also use iAlertU for an alarm if moved in public place while I step away.

    I haven't had my Mac stolen, but I have switched Mac notebooks a few times. Original $69 I paid for Lojack for Laptops lasts three years and can switch machines as the service is for person and not any specific notebook. Since never have loss I just don't know if it works - knock on wood.

    The iAlertU is a free simple app that sounds alarm if motion is detected. It's instant and you can set to take photo and email to you. Also you can set remote to work like a car alarm. Sorta cool. Seems like a good thing if walk away from laptop but still close enough to hear an alarm on max volume.

    I bought a new revB MBA two weeks ago and I would really hate to lose it. With tax and software, nearly a $3300 expense. The money is worth it if ever recovers that, or makes me feel a little safer until then.
  8. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    I use undercover by Orbicule. Has a lot of recovery options and the new version has the wifi/internet location stuff like the touch.
  9. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    I just bought insurance for mine recently. I have the data locked down so tight you aren't even going to get close to it so I'll just buy a new one with the insurance money if it gets stolen. :D
  10. skrutzen macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2007
    I agree with LinMac. I have mine covered under my homeowner's insurance. I have needed it before and it worked well.
  11. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    I want an iPhone app so that if my air gets stolen i can remotely detonate an explosive charge within it. That should cover both software and hardware nicely. :D
  12. wetrix macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Undercover 3 on mine. Pretty hard to give it any kind of review as my air hasn't been stolen yet.
  13. bigsea macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2003
  14. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Sorry, but that's only gonna be good provided the machine isn't stripped for parts and sold as spares. :eek:
  15. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    Maybe a different tack is required. See this example of an anti-theft lunchbox for ideas :)

  16. LukeG macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    How about a sticker that covers the Apple logo and says "DELL"? :p
  17. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

    Santa Rosa

    Aug 22, 2007
    Another one with Orbicule. Thankfully haven't had to put it into use so far and hopefully will never have to!! They have just released an large update as well. :)
  18. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    so all of those with security software, i'm curious-- you have disabled login passwords?
  19. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    You have to disable automatic log in, create a guest user account so that who ever steals it can still get access to the internet etc and then set a firmware password.
  20. McGilli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    For the Firmware - you are talking about just setting the EFI password from the OSX install disc - so that the MBA no longer boots from an external drive right?
  21. airtime! macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    if we are talkin about security you guys have got to check out ialertu. very effective (for a software) in security and maintains that typical mac slickness.
  22. McGilli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    I thought there was NO motion sensor in the MBA?
  23. kwestin macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008


    Full disclosure here, I am the Founder & CTO of GadgetTrak, which makes MackTrak.

    We designed MacTrak differently from other anti-theft applications, in that it does not send any information to a monitoring center. Other products provide a monitoring center and staff the ability to access your device, access your camera and sends data to their servers outside the US.

    The fact that we were making use of the camera as well as utilizing wi-fi positioning to get the location of the device within 10 meters raised some serious privacy concerns. To mitigate this risk we removed the third-party monitoring center altogether. Once you activate the software remotely all data goes directly to your email and your Flickr account, no location, images etc ever come to our server, only to the accounts you specify.

    For more infromation regarding our privacy safe approach please visit:

    If you need assistance when your Mac is stolen you can forward the information on to us, or provide law enforcement with our contact details and we can work with them to recover the device.

    If you enter the promo code "macrumors09" a 30% discount will be applied.

    Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

    Thank You


    Ken Westin
    GadgetTrak Founder & CTO

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