Macbook Air Anti-Theft Solutions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chanyitian, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. chanyitian macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012
    Hey everyone, I will be purchasing a Macbook Air 13 inch soon. However, I am quite concerned about the fact that Macbook Air is vulnerable to theft. Unfortunately, the Air is not compatible with the Kensington locks. Is there lock for the Air? I know that Maclock offers a lock case for the AIR, if you happen to have one of those, what do you think about the case? thanks for your help.
  2. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    The best Anti-Theft solution, in my opinion, has always been common sense.

    Never leave your computer in your bag out of your sight, always keep your phone in your pockets... etc.
  3. littlestephen macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2012

    best advice ever. My friend's 2011 MBP got stolen because he didn't use his common sense. He took his computer with him when he was at a soccer game. When he was substituted in, he left his bag outside the field.

    When the game was done, someone took his MBP and his iPhone 4. The police couldn't catch the thief and he had to buy another MBP and iPhone 4. For me, my iPhone 4S will never go out of my sight. When my MBA is arrived, I will make sure it will stick with me all the time.

    That is the best way to prevent it getting stolen :)
  4. chanyitian thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012
    I acknowledge the importance of common sense. However, is there any device which can help me prevent theft? ( lock my laptop to the table, motion sensors etc.)
  5. BlazednSleepy, Jun 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012

    BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    They sell kensington locks for the NON retina display macbook pro's. But not for air's unfortunately.
  6. Colpeas macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    Well, the missing kensington slot complicates the whole situation as I don't know about any similar lock, which is compatible with MBA, so IMO all you can do is to install LoJack for Laptops, set firmware password and enable guest account and Find my Mac service.
    It won't prevent a thief from stealing your MacBook, but increases the probability of getting it back.

    EDIT: this is the only thing I found, but the actual security is disputable...
  7. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    correct me if i am incorrect, but can't you use iCloud to track you Macbook Air?

    I don't use an iPhone, but I remembered being able to locate the exact position of my Macbook Air on my... Macbook Air.

    If you had an iPhone, you could track your Macbook Air's location... that's one form of security I suppose.
  8. Monkeyat, Jun 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012

    Monkeyat macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2009
    There is this solution from macBracket but you have to leave the lid open !

    Another one, also a open lid solution is available here.

    Maybe the best solution is still to come... it's an USB cable lock! Will be available here but I honestly don't know how strong this is.

    Finally, the problem with the case is that's plastic and it's screwed to you're computer. Don't you think that a so thin plastic skin is easily breakable ? The same for a USB lock, I don't think it will resist a "nice" touch :(

    Anyway... cables are not so sure like we might think... I mean, if someone is really prepared to steal your notebook! Take a look at these videos :

    You can see that I'm searching for a solution for a while... and until now the best one is : keep it safe and maybe buy an assurance :rolleyes:
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    It's an Air, one of the most portable computers every produced, so just stick it in a bag and carry it with you.
  10. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    And obviously, sleep with it. But most people will want to do that anyway. ;)
  11. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    How can you sleep when you have a computer this beautiful in bed next to you?
  12. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    How else can I pass the time until my MBPR arrives?

    On a more serious note, I looked at that USB lock and I'm puzzled as to how it works and why it works on anything but MBAs. I'd be concerned about damaging the USB port.
  13. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I haven't seen the USB locks, but I have no interest in locking up my computer, so it is a moot point. When I leave the room / table, I pick up my computer and put it in my man bag. It takes no effort at all and makes sure that a "failed" theft doesn't tear my computer apart either. If I had sketchy living conditions (roommates, crazy girlfriends/boyfriends, etc.), I'd move, or purchase a lockbox of some kind (surely, there is more than just my computer to hide away). At any rate, as you can see on any youtube video, the locks are just a gimmick anyhow.
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Which unfortunately tends to lead to liquid damage....
  15. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    My favourite anti-theft solution is hold onto it tight...or be prepared to lamp any bastard who tries to nab it.
  16. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    Get a pit bull and tie his leash to your MBA...
  17. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    I don't think it's as simple as "use common sense." Next year I work in a university research lab and most of the time will leave my computer out on my bench. When I need to leave the lab for a moment what am I supposed to do? Having a lock would make things a lot easier...
  18. mtreys macrumors member

    May 22, 2012
    College Station, TX
    Not quite sure of a lock to use but I'd suggest installing Prey. It works great for me. Another thing you can use it is the iCloud to track it if lost.
  19. huschpuscheli macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2011
    i own the new macbracket which was released last week or so. i cannot recommend it because it fits to tight around the black plastic hinge. it already scratched the plastic. i'm going to return it.
  20. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Only if you leave your laptop open to use in the event of theft. FV2 and passwords prevent a user from using the laptop and getting on a wireless network - hence no tracking. Some have said that the laptop is still trackable even after being formatted - but that has not been my experience with either my MBA nor my iPhone.

    My suggestion is to lock down your data - FV2 and turn off sleep mode. Then in the event of theft, have homeowner's insurance cover the new laptop. Very simple and no worries.
  21. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Hard to do if you're substituted into a soccer game.

    Maybe put it inside one of those bags with wire mesh and cable lock it to the bench? Or to the leash of your doberman/pitbull/
  22. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I don't know why you would be at a soccer game with your MBA, but if you are and they call you onto the field, why not have your MBA in your car. Or, better yet, locked up in your house?

    By the way, the earlier comment about insurance is spot-on Lock down your data, encrypt your drive, and if you lose your computer or have it stolen, just file a claim. Much smarter than hoping to track down some dude through software.
  23. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Laptop theft?

    Thats a great excuse for me to have several bags to choose from :)

    I never let any of my MBA's or MBP's sit out even for a moment. There's no excuse for it. Especially since Macs have such an ideal sleep function. I just close the lid, pop it in one of my bags, and it's 100% safe.

    I literally never go anywhere without one of my MBA's or MBP's, that's why I have the different sizes. There's so many choices in good yet lightweight bags, that if you're patient & look around you'll find what works for you.
  24. GBlansten, Jul 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012

    GBlansten macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2012
    Thick Ascending Limb
    Common sense goes a long way to keeping a laptop out of other people's hands. I would especially not like keeping a MBA lying around at work.

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