Your Mac can be locked down and files made more secure from even smart thieves, but it’s the loss of the Mac that brings serious pain. Is there a way to track your Mac if it becomes lost or stolen? Here are three easy ways.
Find Your Mac
The thought of losing a Mac or having it stolen should give you plenty of incentive to find a way both to prevent loss or theft, and to track down the Mac.
The easy and inexpensive way is with the Find My iPhone app on iPhone and iPad. I use it as a cheap way to locate my Apple devices, including the Mac.
Likewise, Apple’s free app Find My Friends does much the same thing with the added benefit of a notification when the device leaves or arrives at a specific destination.
Both apps are free and can easily find a Mac, iPhone, or iPad when it comes online.
One of the more professional ways to track a lost or stolen Mac is with the app Undercover which resides in the background and notifies a service of the Mac’s whereabouts when you report it as lost or stolen.
If you can’t afford the Undercover service, there’s MacTrack, a much less expensive app that kinda sorta does the same thing. Your eyes are likely to complain while perusing the MacTrack website, but the end result is the same.
A lost or stolen Mac can be tracked. MacTrack is integrated with the Lost and Found Registry at iTrackMobile, so you’ll find options for tracking both iPhone and iPad, too in the iTrack4U app.
Options abound in MacTrack, too. Setup is simpler than the web-based process, and it comes with a Wallpaper ID image which can help someone find the owner of a lost Mac. Even the built-in screensaver can have ID information to help a finder track down the Mac’s owner.
There’s options for alert messages, and a personalized video. Those are good to help good citizens find the lost Mac, but won’t benefit the situation if a thief takes off with your jewel. For that, MacTrack has a background tracking function that starts up when the Mac is turned on. It can capture IP address, MAC address, Device Location Services (when Wi-Fi is turned on) and a lot more information that would help law enforcement track down the Mac.
MacTrack does plenty and doesn’t cost much making it a good bargain in tough economic times.