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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: LostInSpace2011 on Aug 28, '08 08:35:05AM

Its a very nice idea. There is lot of opportunities to make improvements such as using SSH instead of FTP and maybe a database on the web server to keep track of the clients. A registration, allowed the clients to register themselves would be a nice idea as well.

There is of course the obvious flaw in that simply re-installing the OS will circumvent this ? I wonder what can be done about this. Maybe one could disable (password protect) booting from the DVD / CD / FIREWIRE / USB ? Any idea if this can be achieved on Macs ?



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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: leono on Aug 28, '08 09:15:18AM
Sort of. You can use Apple's Firmware Password Utility, which will prevent booting from anything other than the startup disk, will disable Target Disk Mode, etc.

Unfortunately, it's trivial to disable the firmware password. If you add or remove RAM from the system, the firmware password will become unset. I still use the firmware password, in the hope that it would foil non-Mac-savvy thieves from wiping the hard drive and give my anti-theft solution a chance to kick in.

BTW, I use Orbicule's Undercover to protect my Macs. It's a commercial app, but it's relatively inexpensive and easy to set up.

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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: ctierney on Aug 28, '08 11:18:51AM
There is lot of opportunities to make improvements such as using SSH instead of FTP and maybe a database on the web server to keep track of the clients.
Another idea would be to post data via http using curl.

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