How to track down a missing or stolen laptop / MacBook

How to track down a missing or stolen laptop / MacBook

Whether you misplaced your laptop on the metro or discovered it had been stolen from a coffee shop, losing your computer can cause stress, and properly so. Laptops are not only costly, but they also contain a wealth of personal information, including everything from business documents and banking information to family photos and website passwords. However, a misplaced laptop does not have to spoil your day.

Today, let's talk about how to How to find a lost or stolen laptop

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Turn on the Security setting to protect your laptop/macbook before it is gone

"Could you help me locate my laptop?" You know how stressful it is to lose your computer if you've ever asked that question to a friend or even a stranger. However, there are precautions you can take before misplacing your laptop that will assist you in locating it if it is ever lost—and will help you avoid a security risk.

Both Windows  and Mac® devices have built-in capabilities that allow you to trace your device if you ever lose it—Find My Device and the Apple® Find My feature, respectively. They're also not limited to computers; they can be used on a variety of devices and software versions. Here's how to put them together.

HOW DO I TURN IT ON With WINDOWS,' FIND MY DEVICE

Go to Start>Settings>Update & Security>
Find my device
Select Change for the device you want to change to turn on Find my device
Now, when locating your Windows device, you can sign in to your Microsoft account to locate it.

 

HOW DO I TURN ON WITH APPLE DEVICES  FIND MY MAC

Turning on Location Services and setting up Find My Mac are the initial steps towards finding your Mac laptop or any other Apple device.

How to turn it on?

Please, take the following steps:

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu>System Preferences>Security & Privacy, then click Privacy.
  2. Look at the lower-left corner: If the lock at the bottom is locked, click it to unlock the preference pane (you may have to enter your password).
  3. Click Location Services on the left.
  4. Select Enable Location Services and Find My in the list of apps.
  5. If you don't see Find My, go to System Services in the list of apps, click Details, then choose Find My Mac.

Time to set up FIND MY MAC

  1. Click on the Apple menu at the top left, then go to System Preferences>Apple ID.
  2. If you are not signed in to an Apple ID, click Sign In.
  3. Click iCloud in the sidebar.
  4. Add a checkmark next to Find My Mac, and if asked, click Allow when asked if you're sure.

You are all set! 

You may now use the Find My app to locate your Laptop or Mac when looking for it.