My MacBook Pro got stolen, I have file vault enabled but not the Firmware password, too bad from Apple's part not to enable it by default with account's password or at least to raise awareness about it. I'm an advanced user but never thought about the firmware password.

Anyway, my biggest fear now is that the thief can erase the disk using recovery mode, reinstall MacOS and have a new apple id configured, allowing him to bypass lock and find my iPhone tracking.

Is that really doable? will my Mac be able to detect the serial number when the thief is connected to install the fresh macOS online? I think the whole concept is useless otherwise :( I can't belive that it can be that easy to lose a 4000 USD device!!!


Sorry, you're out of luck. If they boot into recovery mode, they can wipe the drive without going online. Even if they went online, your iCloud information is stored on the encrypted, unmounted drive so the recovery OS isn't going to log in to your account and report the location anyway. Report the theft to Apple in case the thief, or a buyer, goes to an apple store for help with your machine.

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