Thankfully, there are a few ways to track a lost or stolen Mac in the hope that you or a law enforcement official can recover the aforementioned lost or stolen Mac before the finder or thief sells your personal information or your Mac on the black market. That would be bad.
MacTrack, 1999 Called
One of the more affordable Mac tracking and recover applications is called MacTrack; perfectly named for a Mac app and system that can track a lost or stolen Mac.
So, let me state right up front, MacTrack works. It doesn’t cost much. It comes with a 14-day trial version to try before you buy.
All the details you need to know about MacTrack are found on the TrackMobile website, circa 1999 (Geek Alert!). Seriously, the website is straight out of 1999, but without all the bells and whistles associated with the era.
MacTrack works on most every Mac that’s worth tracking and retrieving– from Mac Pro to iMac, MacBook to Mac mini.
As do other Mac tracking applications, MacTrack resides kinda sorta mostly hidden in the background running on OS X. It captures device location services data, internet IP addresses (both LAN and WAN), and even identifies the Internet Service Provider.
Wait. There’s more. MacTrack monitors and records the Mac’s battery power, can take photos using the built-in iSight camera, record sound from the microphone, and capture keyboard strokes.
Even better, there’s a Remote Lock function which prevents access to the Mac’s Desktop, and you can remotely wipe the Mac. When a Mac is reported as lost to MacTrack, the app can display an alert screen which can help the finder (not the thief) get in touch with the owner.
The way it works is simple. When your Mac is lost or stolen all you need to do is report it to iTrackMobile and the tracking steps begin. When the Mac reports in with device location and other data, then law enforcement may be enticed step in to help, or you may be able to track down the finder through an ISP.
It’s a relatively inexpensive way to track your Mac when someone else has it besides you, and it does much more than Apple’s built-in options to Find My iPhone or Mac. One of our favorites is Orbicule’s Undercover, which works similarly, has a few more bells and whistles, but also costs more.