new macbook air just stolen purchased last week :(

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  1. koimei, Aug 18, 2013
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    koimei macrumors newbie

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    :eek:

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    police have the serial number i dont think i will ever see it again
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    To all of you who have one make sure you personalize and mark it up . mine was totally sparkling new. i wish i had permanent marker my name and last name in big bold letters all over. not sure what that would do but at least it might embarrass the thief who stole it. what thief would be proudly showing off such personalized macbook air ? i should have engraved it and graffiti it all over .
    yes it was i cloud erased and locked but everyone knows its easy to get pass that :(

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    everything was stolen, the new cables, new case, and apple just recorded that the macbook air 2013 serial number stolen device , locked....
     
  2. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

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    Use the included "Find my Mac" app."

    That was easy.
     
  3. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Don't ever lock your Mac if you want a chance at finding it. Locking it prevents iCloud from seeing it and erasing it just helped the thief set up their new free MacBook Air. Sorry that happened to you. I just got one yesterday and I will be sure to mark it up. It's just so shiny:)

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    His last sentence although a mess of English says that he locked and erased it.
     
  4. MikePembo951 macrumors member

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    why shouldn't you 'lock' a mac? Do you mean have a password on the user account?
     
  5. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    I mean lock using find my Mac. You can't locate it after that.
     
  6. Richdmoore, Aug 18, 2013
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    The problem is that once someone can't use the computer, they will probably erase it and start over, which will defeat the find my iphone/Mac setup. That is why some people say to not lock the computer.

    Of course by not erasing or locking it, you chance someone finding a financial document or other private files.

    Hopefully apple will institute some kind of system like they put in ios7 to make the computer useless even if erased. Then at best it could only be sold as parts if stolen.
     
  7. kellen macrumors 68020

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    How did you pay? If with your credit card they may have some purchase protection. I know for sure Amex does.
     
  8. NewbieToMacs macrumors newbie

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    If you don't mind me asking, how was it stolen? Did you leave it unattended? Was it a home burglary? Got held up?

    Just curious.
     
  9. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    If my MBA was ever stollen... I would immediately use find-my-phone to wipe it. Replacing a MBA is easy. Recovering from identity theft is hard.

    I also use FileVault 2, and also have set a firmware password. There is just no way that I want a thief to have access to my personal information.

    /Jim
     
  10. larry918 macrumors regular

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    I too have a shiny new MBA and this thread got me a bit paranoid. Where exactly is this Find my Mac app?:D
     
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  12. koimei thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i had gift cards saved up over some time and decided to use them on this macbook air. gift cards don't protect anything and neither does apple care. big mistake. i dont have insurance. the police say they are investigating but whatever. if you search you will see 2013 macbook air for sale on craigslist . who would sell a like new macbook air on craigslist ? you know who....:(
     
  13. Blaine macrumors 6502a

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    -sigh-

    I'm sorry, mate. I pray God will fix or rectify this somehow.

    This is a sad world in which we live in.
     
  14. koimei thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i agree completely. this poor soul unfortunately doesn't pray to God :(
     
  15. kess143 macrumors newbie

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    Are you going to tell us how it was stolen???? jesus christ dude

    It sucks but at least give us the story...:p
     
  16. jadAce macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to say that it is very hard to find very kind words like these on the internet these days. Blaine, thanks a ton for supporting OP.

    OP, hope everything turns out well.
     
  17. 27imac macrumors newbie

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    Find my mac would lead u in the area that your MBA is in man
     
  18. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Oh matey, that's a terrible story. Really sorry to hear about your loss.

    I genuinely wish you the very best and hope you get some good results out of this. Theft is a horrible thing to go through. Perhaps you can make a claim through home insurance or ... :(

    Just wanted to pass on my condolences.
     
  19. zipur macrumors 6502

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    Well lets look on the bright side. The thief will be caught up on some porn scam and spend his last few months of his/her life in jail, killed by a gang member due to an initiation murder. While you will pick up a perfectly new system with the money you will win on a lotto ticket you stumbled on while going to a habitat for humanity house raising. And because of this you will meet a super model, your eyes meet and absolute agape love overcomes you both. You and your Macbook write and inspiring story/movie of your life causing wayward youths world wide to turn there life around thus making the world a better place where Macbooks are no longer stolen. The circle of life!

    PS, Thank You
     
  20. Naughtie macrumors newbie

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    So sorry to hear that mate. But I am sure you will get over it :)

    Cheer up bro not the end of the world. Wait and get a Haswell rMBP and be more careful next time.
     
  21. AppleMacNerd macrumors regular

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    People on here saying don't use find my iphone to lock or erase a mac if it's stolen.

    What do you do if it's stolen just leave it and hope the thief gets through the user password and it locates it?
    Surely Apple should let you do what they are doing with iOS7 and lock/erase and you can still find your mac?
     
  22. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Yes. They don't have to get through the password, it will locate it anyway. However, if you lock it with iCloud, you can't locate it because it locks all data including the iCloud info.
     
  23. AppleMacNerd macrumors regular

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    What idiot thought of doing that, it should lock everything except Find my iPhone.

    Although how will it locate it anyway, if the person can't get through the password & the mac can't connect to a router for internet?
     
  24. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    Well, you wouldn't want someone to steal your iCloud password, which would have to be unlocked to use Find my Mac, especially with iCloud keychain coming.
     
  25. AppleMacNerd macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing the programmers at Apple aren't stupid, there must be way around this :confused:

    If the person can't get through your password though, how will the mac connect to the internet for it to update find my iphone anyway? As you suggested it would update without the theif getting through your user password.
     

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