Lost or stolen Mac?
How to track & find my Mac using the serial number
Want to know how to track and find your Mac using the serial number? In this blog article we look at whether this is possible, and what steps can be taken to protect your Mac from loss or theft in the first place.
Proud owner of a Mac? Here’s the importance of taking precautions:
A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds – with bars and public transport being two prime hotspots for light-fingered thieves. This stat is scary enough for any Mac owner, yet Apple products in particular are especially sought after, with thefts of this brand accounting for a staggering 14% of all crime in NYC."The increase in incidents involving the theft of Apple products exceeded the increase in overall crime incidents of crime by 265. As if to mirror the market place, thefts of Apple products increased this year as the theft of electronics by other manufacturers decreased."
For tracking, you have two options – switch on the in-built ‘Find my Mac’ or use this app alongside a more robust premium app. Let’s compare the standard Apple app against the premium protection app Hidden.
|Find my Mac||Hidden|
|GPS real-time tracking||✔
|Secure remote lock?||✔
|Play a sound?||✔
|iSight pictures of thief / new user?||X||✔|
|Spoken message alerts?||X||✔|
“Hidden immediately began to gather photos and location information from my stolen MacBook. Two officers from the Oakland Police Department recovered it later that evening.”
Top tip for outsmarting intelligent criminals
What if your Mac can’t be tracked? What if you’ve not installed the ‘Find my Mac’ app? Or maybe the burglar is super smart and has circumvented your security set up. In this case, invisible markings can demonstrate that the Mac is yours if it’s recovered by police or sold on (as well as being a deterrent for stealing your Mac in the first place).
Change your Apple ID password immediately to stop anyone from getting into your iCloud data or using services (such as iMessage or iTunes).
If you do have ‘Find My iPhone installed, follow these steps:
- Sign in to iCloud.com on another computer.
- Download the ‘Find My iPhone’ app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Locate on the map, lock the mac, play a sound (if you’ve lost your Mac in the house) or remote erase your Mac.
Hidden - it’s the app that protects your Apple devices, and your privacy.
Using proven technology, Hidden tracks your missing Macbook, iPad or iPhone and collects the evidence needed to get them back. And don’t worry. Your personal information stays locked away, too.