How can I locate or remotely wipe my MBA if it's stolen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by simeezee, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. simeezee macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    My phone was stolen two days ago. I had to call my carrier to disable my SIM and my insurance company to disable IMEI.

    Just wondering if there's anything I can do to locate a stolen MBA or remotely wipe the system?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. dudeofswim macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Yes. Prey does this for Win/OSX/Android/Linux
  3. dudeofswim macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2008
  4. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
    I just checked out Prey, looks pretty sweet. I think I might toy around with that.

    OP, I feel you on the stolen iPhone. Mine was taken from me a few years ago.
  5. harleymhs, Mar 28, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011

    harleymhs macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2009
    Prey Looks Great if the theif keeps your OS on.. All they have to do is Re install the OS format the HD and he is in the CLEAR.... Isnt this true?
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I believe Lion will bring a native application just like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch "Where is my ****?" applications.
  7. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    An average thief is probably not going to know how to put Mac OSX on a computer that has no CD/DVD ROM drive. Not a perfect solution, but a lot of stupid thief's out there. One stole a mac-book air and the owner remotely logged in and put thief's video on youtube.
  8. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I had my iPhone stolen last year - within one hour, it was back and the guy was arrested, all thanks to MobileMe's 'find my iPhone'

    Nonetheless - I use GadgetTrak for my laptops, as well as the internal lock key if I close the computer's shell (you have to enter your admin password everytime it wakes up - and those are hard to hack)

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