Ever since I had my good ol’ MacBook stolen from within my flat because somebody forgot to lock the kitchen window, I’ve been using Undercover from Orbicule on all my other Mac’s.
The reason is clear: It gives me a better chance of ever recovering my Mac, than if I didn’t have the software installed.
Here’s what Undercover can do for you:
- Accurately locate your stolen Mac.
- See what happens on your stolen Mac (screenshots etc.).
- See who’s using your Mac via the built-in iSight webcam.
- Fake hardware failure, hopefully for the thief to sell the Mac online or bring it in for repairs (where the serial number should be flagged as stolen).
- Full screen message, scream & shout. “I’ve been stolen!”.
If Undercover fails to assist you or the police in recovering your Mac, you will get your money back for purchasing Undercover ($49).
With Snow Leopard, Undercover also runs in 64 bit mode, making it the first theft-recovery software in the world to run in the faster 64 bit mode, allowing it to use more advanced security techniques to fend off attacks.
If you’re already using Undercover on your Mac and you’ve just upgraded to Snow Leopard, or plan on doing it, you need to reinstall Undercover to work properly with Snow Leopard.
If you’re not yet rocking Undercover on your precious Mac, I strongly suggest you take a look at this application (there’s even an iPhone app too!): Orbicule Undercover for Mac.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments below. I’ll do my best to answer them, even though Undercover is really simple and Orbicule cover most (if not all) the questions in their FAQ.