man tracks stolen laptop...Catches thief surfing porn

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  1. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    After a quick search didn't see this posted anywhere.

     
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    That's great to see. I have Prey running on my rMBP. Can't go wrong. It's free after all.
     
  4. bigjnyc thread starter macrumors 601

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    wow it's free, that's pretty cool. Combine that with iCloud's find my mac which I think will pinpoint the location a little better, and you give yourself a chance to recover your lost macbook.
     
  5. Auzburner macrumors 65816

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    preyproject.com

    There are some additional paid features, but not necessary.
     
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    First thing I installed when I got my rMBP!

    It's on all my macs!
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Sorry, reading between the lines I'm not quite as inspired by this story as the rest of you.
     
  8. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

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    I was debating myself between Prey and Undercover for my new rMBP.

    I settled on UC and installed it on all 4 of my Macs. Yes, I know Prey is free (non-Pro) but the recent v5 update to UC made it more enticing to me. Plus installing it on 4 Macs which effectively makes the cost $14.75 per device a good deal IMHO.

    Seeing these stories of recovery is good to know. I just wonder how many are "protected" by Prey, UC, or anything else, and are not able to be recovered?
     
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    Thanks for sharing the story and the Prey software referral.
     
  10. Rocky244 macrumors regular

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    This title makes it sound like the man tracked down the laptop and walked in on this guy doing the dirty...

    While still significantly weird, DEFINITELY not as weird as it seemed.
     
  11. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Tbh I wouldnt feel safe having all that software on my computer either.

    Yeah you might have your laptop stolen one day, but thats what house insurance is for.
     
  12. Rockoar macrumors regular

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    Not all house insurance cover a stolen laptop, and specially not one that cost $2800+.

    When using things like Pray or Undercover, you must create a guest account right? if not how are they able to use the computer? :confused:
     
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    Crazy. I'm going to install Undercover on both my Macs and my iPod Touch. Is Undercover good software?
     
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Wait, if it was free, why was it asking him if he wanted to renew his subscription?
     
  15. cookiesnfooty macrumors 6502

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    What I don't get with this software then is the fact if your Mac is passworded you either need a complete reinstall or to do the admin password hack.

    Surely this would wipe out the ability to use this software?

    Also as others pointed out if the software is free why would they receive an email about renewing?
     
  16. R94N macrumors 68020

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    According to another poster in this thread it has some free and some premium features.
     
  17. Rockoar macrumors regular

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    This type of applications only work if you create a "guest" account which will allow the thief to use the laptop and then be able to be tracked down. If you only have one account -admin account- then it doesn't matter how good your retrieving app is, it will be useless.
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    "Hmmm, even though the serial numbers match, mine was a black MacBook and this one is white. Wait a minute..."
     
  19. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a

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    the name of the software scares me lol, I'll settle for find my Mac, interesting read sounds like the guy didn't have a clue it was a stolen laptop happens all the time , craigslist, eBay is filled with stolen goods you the buyer might know, in this case it was a giveaway who sells a a Mac for 400-500 unless it's stolen or something is damaged
     

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