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Stolen computer - how can I track it?


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#1 hockeysocdad

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 02:47 PM

Hi,
Recently had my son's computer stolen at college.

We did not have special S/W on it to be able to activite or track such as lojack. ...we now do on the new one ...but I'm still frustrated.

Is there S/W that can recognize if the computer is hooked on line ...Pretty sure I know or can get the Mac Address.

Alternatively is there a S/W that can allow another computer to scan for WiFi signals coming from this computer, given the Mac Address. I would expect we would need to be close (w/in WiFi range) ...it is a longshot ....but if the theif is close by / or an acquantance, which we think it may be .... we might get lucky.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 11:17 AM

I suggest you contact and file a report with your local police department or sheriff's office. They will get the serial number for your computer which will allowing tracking/sales at pawn shops where many stolen computers are taken to for quick cash. Most law enforcement departments have cyber security units with technology which can aid in locating/retrieving stolen computers.
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