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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: delight1 on Aug 28, '08 09:59:39AM

The only real thing that I don't think is good about this, is that it uses the MAC address... that means you need one for ethernet, and one for wifi. And the mac addresses can be spoofed/messed with, if they have enough time, or an external usb wifi card.



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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: patpro on Aug 28, '08 10:36:15AM

The point in using the Mac Adress is only to share a string between you (the server) and the Mac.
You know the Mac Adress of the ethernet card (en0).
The script knows it too.
The script ask for the $macaddress html page on the server.
If the page exists (you put it there), then the Mac is stollen, and the script continues.
have you read the script?

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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: engelby on Aug 28, '08 03:48:24PM

Thank you pat for clearing that up!

The reason I chose MAC address is because it is unique and it is hardware. And this uses system profiler to pull the MAC address of your built-in Ethernet. So even if the computer is on wireless (which I was assuming for most of the time) it will always check to see if the webpage exists using the built-in MAC address.



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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: patpro on Aug 28, '08 09:52:21PM

by the way, you could have used the serial number.

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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: bcarter5876 on Aug 29, '08 08:56:51AM

Some service procedures leave the electronically readable serial number blank on some models.



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An advanced script/web solution to track stolen Macs
Authored by: engelby on Aug 29, '08 04:09:35PM

Which is actually why I didn't do serial. I changed out the logic board on too many iBooks without doing that serial number reset utility. Don't tell Apple....



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