Stolen Laptop with auto-logins

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newspaper asked 3 years ago


I'm new to the forum.

I've recently lost my laptop, a MacBook which has my following things as auto-login:
[*]Google Calender in iCal
[*]A browser based game-

Is it possible to do any remote tracing or remote action into the laptop leading to it's recovery?

I've already made a daily event in the Google calender to indicate that the laptop needs to go to the service center. Because I've reported it stolen to Apple in my country.

Any help would be most welcome.

Thanking you



2 Answers
Rob Vargas Staff answered 3 years ago

Privacy regulations being what they are, I doubt that you can simply wait for Skype (for example) to log in and then see the computer's IP Address. I don't think services like that provide that information. If you file a police report, then the police may be able to request that information from those services.

Really, something like this requires special steps in advance. For example, a company called Absolute Software has a sort of "LoJack" for computers, and I think it's able to work with Macs as well. That uses (if I recall correctly) a driver that gets installed into the BIOS so that it cannot be interrupted.

Without something to "phone home" like that, your options will be very limited.

Shnerdly Staff answered 3 years ago

I'm not aware of anything that will allow you to take any remote action but I am also not familiar with Mac.

I would suggest changing the passwords for the accounts that were set to auto-login. If you don't change these passwords, the person that has the laptop may be able to, locking you out of your own accounts.

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