Keep Your Mac Safe: Best Theft Prevention and Recovery Options

Having your prized possessions stolen is never a great experience, but when it’s something that you rely on for work or school, it’s even worse. Sadly, many thieves are opportunists, who will steal your MacBook given any opportunity whether it’s left alone in your workplace, at a coffee shop, in your car, or even from your home. The good news is that there are several deterrents that you can use to prevent your Mac from getting stolen, along with several software programs that you can use to track and recover it in the event of theft. Let’s take a look at what you can do to keep your MacBook safe.

#1. Theft Prevention:

You might think that having tracking software installed or having ‘Find My iPhone’ activated on your Mac is enough, but the truth is, this won’t prevent theft from happening in the first place. It’s far better to take measures to prevent your Mac from being taken, rather than having to recover it afterward. Theft prevention can take two forms; either a visual or a physical deterrent. For example, a visual deterrent could be a simple asset tag or a sticker on your Mac letting any would-be thieves know that it is traceable. You may also want to look into services such as Immobilize, which registers your MacBook’s serial number on a national database. So, even if the visual deterrent doesn’t work, there’s a chance that it could still be identified as stolen and returned to you.

#2. Physical Deterrents:

Sadly, simply placing a tag or sticker on your Mac to let others know that it can be traced might not be enough to put a thief off from taking it. It’s no guarantee that your Mac will not be stolen, so it’s definitely worth considering a physical deterrent. The Kensington Lock is a very popular device for both Macs and PC’s. It consists of a length of steel wire which forms a loop at one end and a lock, which can be operated either by a secure combination or a key, at the other end. It’s small, portable, and easy to use to secure your Mac by locking it to something larger and heavier. All you need to do is attach the lock to a special hole on your Mac that’s designed to accept it.

#3. Theft Recovery:

Unfortunately, there’s always the risk that your MacBook will be stolen, regardless of how many measures you take to deter thieves. Because of this, it’s a good idea to also kit it out with some theft tracking and recovery software, too. Activating ‘Find My Mac’ for your MacBook will enable you to lock it, wipe the data, and determine its location from another Apple device using your Apple ID. However, it’s not always fool-proof. For example, if your Mac is not connected to the internet, you won’t be able to track it using this app. For that reason, it’s a good idea to install third-party tracking software too. You can track stolen Mac computers with Hidden, which allows you to type messages to the user, remotely wipe your MacBook’s data, remotely access your Mac, and even use screenshots and iSight to capture the thief on camera.

Only 3% of people who have their MacBook stolen will recover it, and you definitely want to be one of those people. With Apple computers becoming a bigger target for thieves, it’s important to take as many precautions as you can to avoid theft. Use visual and physical deterrents and invest in good tracking software to make it easier to find your Mac if the deterrents don’t work.

Also Read: 10 Top Ways to Protect Your Data

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