Published on August 21st, 2012 | by Andrea0
Help, My MacBook was Stolen!
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF MACBOOK THEFT
MacBook theft is very much rampant and if you’re not quite careful with your belongings, chances are you can say goodbye to your precious laptop almost any time of the day. Double that when you’re always on the go.
We received news that the thief who swept $60,000 worth of iMacs, iPads and other personal items from the home of the late Steve Jobs has been tracked down and has plead guilty. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Palo Alto Police Department, Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (an agency specializing on computer crimes) and Apple’s own investigators, the items have been tracked and recovered in just weeks.
But let’s face it, not all of us can be as lucky or as well connected as the curator of these items so we may not have access to such fast response and attention from the local authorities nor even from Apple. We’ve looked through Mac forums and even the Apple Help Community, but the most that Apple can do to address this issue is to keep a record of MacBook serial numbers that have been reported missing or stolen, and the device needs to be brought to their store first before they can alert the rightful owner about it.
So what can you do when faced with this unfortunate situation?
Assuming you did not install any security feature on your device, you can…
- Change your Apple ID password and remove your credit card info from iTunes. You don’t want the thief to hurt your wallet even more by purchasing apps on your behalf.
- Change passwords to your email accounts and other online accounts. This is pretty much self-explanatory.
- It may sound like a cliché, but yeah… report to the police and hope they have time to attend to your case. Who knows? The point now is to exhaust all possible means to get your MacBook back.
- Use the power of the internet and social media like this guy who setup a blog and got help from his friends. He recovered his MacBook within five days!
- Contact pawn shops and second hand shops nearby to inform them about your missing MacBook so they can check units for serial numbers. A bit farfetched but it’s worth the try.
What if you don’t have a record of your MacBook’s serial number?
Sorry but that is such a pity. You’re well on your way to saying farewell to your MacBook for good. You just gotta live with it and when you purchase your next MacBook, take note of the pointers outlined below.
As soon as you get your hands on your MacBook, you would like to…
- Keep a record of the serial number and register it under your Apple ID.
- Configure an admin password to avoid the thief from erasing data or reformatting your MacBook.
- Install a security tracking software like Prey or Hidden to locate your MacBook and increase the chances of its recovery.
You might also want to try adding another security layer by using uniquely designed MacBook covers like ColcaSac MacBook sleeves that not only protect your MacBook from scratches and bumps, but also act as a theft deterrent with its freshly unfamiliar appearance. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound cure. Or in this case, we’re better off going the extra mile investing on protection for our MacBook, than leaving it unprotected and weeping in the event it gets stolen.
How do you respond to situations like this? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!