MacBook security, to photograph intruders

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SoldOnApple, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. SoldOnApple macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'm wondering if anyone knows of an application that will automatically take and upload/email photos with the iSight camera of anyone who tries to access my MacBook without the password? Or anyone who tries to guess the password, or even just opens my MacBook? I've had a bit of a problem with people wanting to go through my files but I want to actually have proof that this is happening, a photograph or video of an intruder would be most ideal.
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Although I do not know of anything that will do it when someone opens the computer, you could set up iCam and Dropbox together.

    iCam will snap pictures from the iSight whenever it detects movement, and you can register for a free dropbox account so that you can point iCams picture folder to the drop box folder, that way if your laptop is stolen the images of the thief can be accessed via dropbox's website.
  3. SoldOnApple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
  4. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    iAlertu and RedHand are the best apps I know of to accomplish what you want.
  5. SoldOnApple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ah, those look much more like what I was after. But it doesn't look like either of them will capture audio or video. If someone is going to steal my computer, or try to go through my files, it would be great to be able to hear what they are saying too. RedHand let's you create scripts, but unfortunately I don't know how to make scripts, or set the video to record in low resolution :(
  6. Specklez macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Perhaps this is what you need, the BBC talked about it in their Click technology programme, how it helped someone get their Macbook Pro which got stolen during the riots.

    If it gets stolen, you go to a computer, open up the webpage and change the status to stolen. Then whenever someone logs on it will screenshot what they do, get location (if on wifi, otherwise guess) and will take pictures.

    In this programme, the police had enough info about his location, and told the guy to contact them when it starts reporting that it's being used, aka, home. It sent a picture of the guy on the sofa with his shirt off, lying down...yeah xD

    It runs in the background and there's not evidence of it running. You can test it by changing it to stolen, then turn it off.

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