Stolen iMac questions!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GelleCC, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. GelleCC macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    Hi all,

    I just had my iMac stolen (last time I leave my door unlocked accidentally!). I had some general knowledge/advanced tech questions to ask to try and recover it.

    I'd heard there might be a way to track it using it's native ip address if they connect it to the internet. Is this possible? I have the ip address/mac address it but I'm not actually sure how I would go about tracking it through the ip (or if it's even possible). If they reformat/wipe the HDD, is this still an option?

    I don't have any sort of lo-jack software installed on it - but like I said - I know the ip/MAC/and serial number.

    Is there a way I could give the serial to apple so that if it's ever taken in for repairs they could notify me or hold it so I can come in with proof of purchase, etc?

    I've tried google, but I only got one that seemed somewhat applicable (from reddit.com, no less) and I searched the forums but didn't really find anything about tracking it.

    I guess what I'm asking is: Is there any way I can track it without having software like lo-jack and even if they've reformatted/wiped the HDD?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    any chance you updated to Lion? and are on the iCloud?
     
  3. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    I am on lion and I am on iCloud. What can I do from here? (no mobile.me) although I guess mobile.me is now part of iCloud??

    I thought I could only do the "wheres my iphone" to track my current location. But I just looked into it and saw that icloud includes "back to my mac" and that I can login remotely? How would I go about doing that? I have a macbook and it's the same itunes account and it should be the same icloud account.
     
  4. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    well login to your iCloud.com and use the find my mac app.

    hope you turned it on your iMac.
     
  5. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    I don't know if I turned it on - considering I didn't even know I had this capability I probably didn't. On the off chance I did turn it on would I still be able to find it if they've wiped the HDD? I was gone for quite awhile with my door unlocked so they've had plenty of time to wipe it if they wanted.
     
  6. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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  7. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    I did. But It's not going through. :/ does this mean I'm SOL?
     
  8. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    did it let you login?

    i was going to screenshot what it looks like if you have it, but I'm getting a connection error!
     
  9. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    Okay, I'm getting the connection error as well, so I thought it just meant I couldn't be signed in on my macbook and imac at the same time, and I'm pretty sure I didn't sign out on my mac. Please screen shot it if you can get through!
     
  10. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    well once you can login...you will see a green 'radar' icon ...to the right of the ical icon. that is the find my mac app. hope it works for you.
     
  11. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    Thanks. I'm hoping it does but I'm really hoping they didn't wipe it. I'm afraid that might make it not work. MORE importantly, I hope I turned it on.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  12. noripwr macrumors member

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    Just wanted to mention you could also try PreyProject dot com for the future if you want even more protection against theft.

    I know Find My Mac sounds great, but a mac user stealing a mac computer probably knows what it does and will likely turn it off asap. Prey works in the background and can take snapshots in intervals as soon as you notify a missing Mac so... it's more sneaky. Though I don't think any option would work if the thieves decided to quick format everything.
     
  13. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    i use hiddenapp.com

    although it is down right now..hope not for long??
     
  14. GelleCC thread starter macrumors regular

    GelleCC

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    Well, I tried again but it seems they've turned off find my mac or wiped it. Thanks for the help. I think I learned my lesson..

    Thanks for the help - I think I'll start using preyproject because it's free.

    Thanks.
     

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