Don't get Apple picked: How to protect your Mac from theft in public places
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:20 PM
Locking a laptop down in a public place doesn't have to be pricey. A nylon cord or strap going around it near the hinge and attached to any sort of locking mechanism or even a cord wrapped around a table leg should serve as well.
It's a bit like to story of two men being chased by a bear. When one questioned whether either was fast enough to outrun it, the other replied that he didn't have to outrun the bear. He simply had to outrun the other guy.
It's the same with theft. You don't have to be theft-proof. You just have to be more trouble to rob than the guy at the next table. A very visible nylon strap around your laptop attached to a cord around a table leg is enough for that.
The same principle applies elsewhere. After leaving my MacBook bag at an airport counter while traveling and almost losing it, but for some helpful German travelers, I adopted a similar policy. Now when on the road, tired and easily distracted, I attach a cord with clips between that laptop bag and either my belt or luggage that's large enough that I won't forget it. If you don't want something to happen, make it impossible. For that sort of thing, paracord, with a breaking strength of 550 pounds, is excellent.
Unfortunately, it's hard to extend similar protection to an iPad. There's nothing to wrap a cord around and few, if any, iPad cases come with a way to attach a cord that'd deter grab-and-run thieves. Why that's so makes no sense. An iPad is easier to steal than a MacBook and is much more likely to be used in thief-friendly locales.
--Michael W. Perry, author of Hospital Gowns and Other Embarrassments
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:41 PM
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:43 AM
I don't think so. Where I live, if a thief sells something he knows pawn shops to go to who don't ask questions. And if the cops ask they play dumb. Also thieves have learned to leave the city for big ticket items and go and sell somewhere else. And how many buyers do you know that aren't looking for a deal. Do you think everyone looks to make sure it was stolen. So would it help the problem. NO. I think the answer has to be with prevention. The only person who cares more about your tech item is you. Protect your self.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:36 AM
Why bother with a table leg? Just wrap the other end around your own leg, or wrist. It works anywhere. I use a short dog leash - feed the clip through the hand loop, snug it up around my Air, and attach the clip to my belt. Like you said, I only have to be more trouble than the next guy. And at Starbucks, the next guy is often one who leaves his laptop all alone while getting a refill.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:48 PM
This makes absolutely no sense. You're generalizing all cops, pawn brokers, etc from where ever it is you live and applying it to the nation as a whole. Pawn brokers not only pay civil fines and risk losing their license, but also they lose money on the confiscation of the product and the payment for the product. Why play dumb? What could possibly be the incentive?
Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:08 AM
Posted 11 May 2013 - 01:15 PM
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Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:46 AM
This is how it works:
- Thief gets your laptop
- Thief format the drive (booting another os from a usb-stick and erase the current os)
- Install a crack of os X or windows
- Sell it
==> So they never booted your computer.
Your security apps are erased when they formatted it. So they are useless.
Maybe you are lucky and a retarded thief logs in to see what's on the drive (looking for emails which contains license details of software or other data). But if they are smart enough (or poor enough) they will not connect to the internet.
This is how it works. Don't waste your money on that.