April 18th, 2014
Apple computers recently have exploded in popularity, Apple stock is soaring and Apple computers are now and have been for some time prime real estate for sticky fingers. So what is an Apple user to do, keep your beloved computer locked up? With the threat of loss, or theft of Apple devices being a reality many companies and many solutions have emerged in the marketplace.
While looking at the options out there for laptop security and recovery, and reviewing all the options, it seemed wise to take a step back and ask the question, what is the end goal? What do you expect to happen when your precious laptop or desktop is lost or stolen? Do you expect to retrieve it? Will you claim it as a loss and report it with your insurance company? The answers to these questions will impact how you should consider the choice for what kind of solution to use to protect your computer.
Almost all recovery software requires the lost or stolen computer to be used and connected to the internet to actually work. So security settings like setting a firmware password or having your computer encrypted with Filevault with no guest account would render the computer unusable, and at the same token untraceable. If laptop recovery is the goal, you need to make it easy for the thief to use the computer even if its only for a little while, else the computer may never register at all.
If the goal is to be able to keep your data safe and secure then set the firmware password and encrypt the drive and forget the recovery software, since in order to use the computer in that state it would have to be wiped or otherwise modified physically the software would be removed.
Don’t over protect your devices, but also take some very practical steps to ensure the security of your files and your systems. Backup your files often, store your files in the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc..), and seriously consider physical security from where you keep your computer in your house, to how you store it in your car.
Now that you’re ready to pick a laptop security solution consider the options.
iCloud – Find my Mac
This is a good solution that will automatically track, locate your mac. Allows you to remotely wipe, and display a message on the screen of the lost / stolen laptop. Does not have an option to take pictures or screenshots of the computer and can be easily turned off. If your already an iCloud user not a bad thing to have but consider another solution that has more robust features.