Undercover: recover your stolen Mac


Seasought

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Undercover can not be disabled by the thief. If you install Apple's firmware password, your Mac can not be formatted without knowing your firmware password.
I'd really like to play with this feature. Booting from your OS X CD and doing a wipe that way won't work either then apparently.

Sounds like a great piece of software. Anyone using it?
 

pgwalsh

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Seasought said:
I'd really like to play with this feature. Booting from your OS X CD and doing a wipe that way won't work either then apparently.

Sounds like a great piece of software. Anyone using it?
Unless ther theif is clever enough to open up your laptop and hard reset the firmware. I'd imagine any thief would as quickly as possible erase the hard drive.
 

DMann

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lojack for laptops?

Seasought said:
I'd really like to play with this feature. Booting from your OS X CD and doing a wipe that way won't work either then apparently.

Sounds like a great piece of software. Anyone using it?

Perhaps a small micro Lo-jack chip inconspicuously placed into
the interior would help for those long distance theft jobs...
 

Seasought

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I'd like a feature that allows you to remotely detonate your laptop as a failsafe mechanism. Kamikaze Powerbook. Hai!:D
 

angelwatt

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One problem that comes to mind is that I'd like to think most people have their accounts password protected, so if a thief got the laptop they wouldn't be able to login and use it and therefore this software couldn't send anyone a message about it being stolen.
 

pgwalsh

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Seasought said:
I'd like a feature that allows you to remotely detonate your laptop as a failsafe mechanism. Kamikaze Powerbook. Hai!:D
Ha ha.. I thought about that on my last respone, but I once said something like that in a forum and people got pissed, but that was on slashdot.
 

grapes911

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angelwatt said:
One problem that comes to mind is that I'd like to think most people have their accounts password protected, so if a thief got the laptop they wouldn't be able to login and use it and therefore this software couldn't send anyone a message about it being stolen.
You are a wishful thinker. Do you know how easy it is to reset your password? I could do it in about 1 minute.
 

pgwalsh

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grapes911 said:
No, then the laptop would be gone forever. I'd rather it just leak some cyanide gas.
How about setting it up so they get one hell of a shock every time they type. It would kill batter life, but if they stole one with an iSight camera and it sent you photo's of every shock, it could be quite entertaining.
 

settledown

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pointless?

If I were a thief, I would either:
a. get rid of it immediately, sell it for whatever I could get for it.
b. keep it, swap in a new hard drive and pitch the old one, or clean wipe the old one

in case b., if I know how to swap a hard drive, then I know where the firmware reset button is.

just keep your lappy safe, and get insurance on it.

Thieves in most cases arent dumb. A simple google will tell you how to defeat anti-theft software. Also thieves wont be taking thier HotMac in to AppleCare EVER.


Having said all that, it is a cool app. just not one that can be very effective i dont think
 

grapes911

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pgwalsh said:
How about setting it up so they get one hell of a shock every time they type. It would kill batter life, but if they stole one with an iSight camera and it sent you photo's of every shock, it could be quite entertaining.
I'm be ecstatic if they could pull that off.

 

winmacguy

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I can't remember who does it but a few years ago I was told of an app that you 'hide' in your system - there is a PC version as well- it works like an email tracking device sending back the IP address to your email that the thief is using when they log on and surf the web so that you can track down your laptop without alerting the thief. Quite sneaky :p
 
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What if it sent a screenshot the other way, through the iSight as well. :eek:
 

pgwalsh

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winmacguy said:
I can't remember who does it but a few years ago I was told of an app that you 'hide' in your system - there is a PC version as well- it works like an email tracking device sending back the IP address to your email that the thief is using when they log on and surf the web so that you can track down your laptop without alerting the thief. Quite sneaky :p
Did you read anything about this company because that's what they do.
 

Lacero

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Most thieves steal to resell for money. I doubt they'll know or even bother to hard reset or wipe the HD.

Even if you could trace it, the thief would have already sold it to the network of people waiting for such laptops. And the buyer hopefully is smart enough to reformat the HD and cut off internet access before using it.
Here's to the Crazy Ones
 

dr427

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I have been scanning ebay for a used Powerbook and the auctions being held by Pawn shops or those that mysteriously don't have a charger or anything else always make me wonder.....:cool:
 

alamar

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not big enough

If the computer doesn't get recovered you get the software money back? If they'd replace the box that would be a much better idea, though would still suck if you didn't have a recent backup, or if they got ahold of all your software disks with the box.
 

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Seasought said:
I'd really like to play with this feature. Booting from your OS X CD and doing a wipe that way won't work either then apparently.
Correct. If you have a firmware password then you can't boot from CD without entering it :)