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The Apple application that help to locate your Mac.

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Confused: Will Find My Mac work if the thief just did the hold ctrl and power button restore?

Recently had my macbook pro stolen. It's a mid 2012 model with mountain lion so it can reset the OS by just by holding ctrl and the power button. I've done it many times myself so I know all they have ...
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iCloud can't find my MacBook

When I sign into icloud.com and click on the Find My iPhone icon, my MacBook does NOT show up in the located devices. I have already made sure that my location services are turned ON in System ...
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Does Find My Mac stop working after the system has been wiped?

Possible Duplicate: If Macbook has been wiped, will “find my iPhone” still work? I lost my Macbook Pro recently. I had activated iCloud on the computer, so Find My Mac is operable. If the thief ...
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Lost my Macbook pro with retina display. How do I find out if Find My iDevice is enabled on it?

Someone just broke into my apartment today and stole my new MacBook Pro. When I go to icloud.com and click on Find my iPhone, on the Devices section, my MacBook is listed. When I click on it, it ...
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Why does Find My Mac report different locations

We had an iPhone and a MacBook Air stolen. I was able to track both units at different times. As I understand it the Find My iPhone service uses GPS and cell tower triangulation to locate iPhones. ...
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How reliable is Find My iPhone “Erase My Mac” feature?

I recently had a Macbook Pro stolen. I used Find My iPhone "Erase" feature which after two days claimed to have worked. But how reliable is this? The computer had a 500Gb SSD in it, and warns that it ...
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Why does a MacBook Pro keep dialing in its location through Find My Mac after a clean install?

Unfortunately my iPhone was stolen yesterday. I did have Find My iPhone enabled, but shortly after the theft my iPhone stopped updating its location. I believe the device was turned off, reset, or had ...
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Is there a way to enable “Find my Mac” to locate your computer but not remotely wipe the drive?

Find My Mac is a useful feature of iCloud to locate your computer. As recent events have shown, however, if bad guys gain control of one's iCloud account, they can wreak havoc, including remotely ...
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Will Apple's Mac Remote Wipe delete items on external disk?

With all the news about remote wipe I am wondering if having a backup on an external disk that is connected to my Mac is OK. Or if someone did a remote wipe, would they wipe that disk as well?
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Does Remote Wipe securely wipe the contents of the drive?

With all the ruckus surrounding the Mat Honan debacle, I'm curious: When you remotely wipe a Mac, is it a secure wipe or does it just lock down the machine with a code? From the Wired article: ...
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Do Apple Geniuses check if computers are “lost” with iCloud's Find My Mac before performing firmware password resets?

Firmware password protection1 is nice, but would the Genius Bar actually mind my "lost" status noted online if my computer ends up in a store to reset the firmware password (which is the easiest ...
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Can a MacBook Pro be tracked when disconnected from the Internet?

My MacBook was stolen. I just want to know if I can find it even if the thief shut it down permanently. On my MacBook I have an automatic session opened and the Airport is turned on by default. I ...
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How does “Find my Mac” work, since there's no GPS in a Mac?

I have used "Find my Mac" to find our Macbook Pro. It was pretty accurate and was able to place the computer within 10 feet of its actual location. I started thinking about how it actually works, ...
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'Find My Mac' says that it is already in use, how to fully remove previous configuration?

I posted a question earlier about using Find My Mac while my computer was sleeping, and after doing some research I noticed that I had 'Wake for network access' already enabled. So when I went to ...
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Can 'Find My Mac' work while the computer is sleeping?

Is the 'Find My Mac' feature of iCloud supposed to work while the computer is sleeping? I use this feature to check on things every once in a while, as well as show the feature off to other people. ...
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Does Find my Mac work if you boot into Windows on BootCamp?

If I have Find my Mac set up and Bootcamp is installed as well, will my computer be trackable when I'm in Windows? What happens if a thief steals my computer and remains in Windows all the time, will ...
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Remotely brick a stolen iPhone or iPad

I asked a similar question on android.stackexchange.com and I'd like to see how the answer compares for iOS devices: If my iPhone is stolen, can I remotely brick the thing, so resale value drops to ...
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How can I fix or diagnose problems when Find My Mac doesn't work?

I have 13" MacBook Pro (Early 2011) with Mac OS X 10.7.2. I can't make Find my Mac option in iCloud to work. I've try turning off and on again the location services as well as the Find my Mac option ...
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How do I enable Find My Mac in a Macbook Pro (Mid 2009) running OS X 10.7.2?

After updating my system to Mac OS X 10.7.2 I was able to activate all features of iCloud, except for Find My Mac that stays greyed. It says "Recovery partition required". I have a Macbook Pro, ...