Mac Address + Security

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ImShane, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. ImShane macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I was told that the mac address, the physical address of the Macintosh can be changed, is this true?

    Im just looking into security for my machines, if a mac got stolen, is there anyway you can trace it?
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  3. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Changing the MAC address requires one line in terminal.
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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    Nope. Even if the thief didn't change it, it would be very very hard to trace a machine by MAC address. You can't just find a machine on the net by MAC address.

    Also, all devices on the internet have MAC addresses. MAC is not the same thing as a Macintosh. They just happen to be the same name by coincidence.
     
  5. codymac macrumors 6502

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    1 - Yes.

    2 - No. About the only thing you can do is give the police the s/n and file it on insurance. I'm going through this myself at the moment.

    You can set up icam or Vitamin D or one of the webcam capture apps and perhaps get photos to give to the police for identification, but don't hope for much in an urban area for a non-violent property crime.
    :(
     
  6. ImShane thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the replies guys and i know the the mac address has nothing to do with the actual macintosh :D

    Anyway, to go to an extreme level is there something out there like a gps tracking device of some sort you can stick in the machine lol, im serious tho :rolleyes:
     
  7. goMac macrumors 603

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    Not really. Just don't let the machine get away from your person, or keep it locked up. Or get insurance.
     
  8. codymac macrumors 6502

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    LoJack and some other companies have some tracking stuff that is supposed to mail out or somehow let you know the IP and/or other details about the machine's location. I recall one of them would even take snapshots with the built in camera on laptops and forward them.

    There's even a free/open source package that works similarly (can't recall the name).

    No idea how effective they are.

    Homeowner's covered my stuff.
     
  9. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    I dunno... but if you're tech savvy, you could get an Arduino or similar, stick an accelerometer and a GPS unit... kicks on the GPS when the movement is detected...

    Get it small enough and hide it under the CPU daughterboard - i think there's room... maybe :p
     

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