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#1 Ktulu

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 04:48 AM

Well, what the title says. I'm glad that I backed up some of my files to my external HDD.

If the person who stole it logs on to the internet, does the IP address change? Or does it stay the same?

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:05 AM

Your laptop will acquire whatever IP address is allocated for the connection by the thief's ISP.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:08 AM

You laptop will acquire whatever IP address is allocated for the connection by the thief's ISP.


I'm pretty sure the thief and me have the same ISP. I have just found out what the IP was for my laptop.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:21 AM

What are you meaning when you say IP? Your laptop doesn't have any inherent IP address, do you mean the laptop NIC's MAC address?
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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:41 PM

Im sorry someone did this and i hope you can recover it :)

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 12:06 AM

unless you have a fixed IP, your IP will change every single time you log onto the internet. And even if it doesn't have static, that is something that you will use through your router-even if the thief gets on on the same ISP, he would get a different IP. The number that never changes is your MAC address. And how do you know the thief is using your ISP?

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:00 AM

Good point High Tech Redneck. How does one know?

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:19 AM

Reminded me of this.....might install it now.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:15 PM

+1 mrfingerz
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:11 AM

You can find your IP in your network properties. And even there, here is where the misconception might come in where people think their IP stays the same-if your computer is on a home network, the modem/router assigns each computer a seperate IP address. That IP address, stays the same, but that isnt the IP address that shows up on the internet, that is the modems IP address, and if you have whats called a dynamic IP, which most ISPs assign, it will change every single time you log onto the internet. If you unhook your computer from that home network, and hook it up to a different network, on the other side of town, that router will assign your computer a completly different IP, which is why it makes it impossible to track a stolen computer by IP. Programs like prey, are very useful for tracking down stolen computers, one of the few ways. the other way, is to write down the mac address, and hope the thief tries to pawn it off at a pawn shop where you can compare mac addresses. The Computers MAC address, is motherboard specific, and in most cases, cannot be changed, however, its not publicly displayed over the internet. Its still accessible, if you know what your doing, but is nowhere near as easy to find.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:53 AM

That really sucks that someone stole your laptop, Hope you get it back.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:46 AM

I think they make a lojack for laptops just like they do for a car.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:24 PM

I think they make a lojack for laptops just like they do for a car.

They do. We use it at work. http://www.absolute.com/en/lojackforlaptops/home.aspx

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 11:53 PM

I am sorry about your laptop.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 04:57 PM

I have a similar problem ....Laptop stolen and did not have prey or lojack installed.
I know it is a longshot, but is there simple s/w that can scan for the signal from the computer by driving in the vacinity? ...Good possibility the computer is still in the area. If the Computer is still on and it is searching or communicating with a WiFi?

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