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Is there a way to trace my stolen laptop computer?

Learn some useful preliminary techniques on how to safeguard your computer should it get stolen and make it recoverable using certain trace software, from our expert Michael Gregg.

I recently had my Apple laptop stolen at a hotel. Is there any way to trace it? I never had a pass code to open the laptop but in order to download, there is a pass code.
I am sorry to say that it is going to be very hard to recover that missing laptop. Next time there are a couple of things you can do which include the following:

1. Install laptop tracking software so that if it is stolen it can be traced and hopefully recovered. Some examples of such software are Lojack and Laptop cop.

2. Engrave identifying information on laptop and record any serial numbers.

3. Encrypt the drive or at minimum sensitive information.

While these items won't prevent a laptop from being stolen it will reduce the sensitive information lost and aid in recovery.
This was first published in September 2009

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