Can I trace my stolen PowerBook using the IP address?
I had a PowerBook and it was stolen. Can it be found using the I.P address if and when someone connects to the internet? Please let me know if you have information on how to recover my PowerBook.
If you have Back to My Mac service through MobileMe, you might be able to try the trick described in this article: http://www.macnewsworld.com/rsstory/6297... . Here's the key excerpt:
"Kait Duplaga, a young Apple store employee from White Plains, N.Y., lost her MacBook to thieves in late April, when her apartment was robbed. Police were unable to find the thieves until Duplaga managed to access her stolen computer remotely using the Back to My Mac feature, photograph a man using it, and turn the photos along with identification over to police."
There are also some programs like MacPhoneHome that will help track a stolen computer, but they have to be installed before the computer disappears, unfortunately. http://www.pcphonehome.com/mac/index.htm...
The services Mister790 describes are likely your only hope, unfortunately. If you have any apps on your machine such as Skype or Yahoo messenger which auto-launch, and you can see that "you" are online from another computer, it may conceivably be possible to have authorities track this use down to the ISP, and then the ISP to the user, but it's a longshot.
Your computer in all likliness had a dynamic IP address (IP that changes constantly depending on where you are, etc.) Unless you had a statically fixed Internet-accessible IP address (such as you might have running a web server, etc.), there is not going to be a way to track it specifically by the IP.
Also, call the police, and definitely call Apple's Applecare line as well. They keep a stolen computer database, and if you have the serial number, they will enter it in, so that if the thief or a future owner of the computer takes it to an Apple store, it will set off a red flag. Similarly, if you are about to buy a computer on CraigsList, call the Applecare line and ask them to run the serial number and make sure it comes up clean. I buy a lot of computers, so I do this fairly often when I'm buying expensive machines that are high-risk.
sorry about the mistake..I didnt mean the ip address that was wrong..What i meant was the computers permanent ID. When sighning onto the internet there is always something from my powerbook that will always be the same no matter what...Correct.
I worked for an ISP and as far as I am aware, calling the police and providing them the IP address and MAC address (the physical address of your ethernet card) of your Powerbook should help. That is, only if that guy will connect to the internet from your computer and only if he hasn't tried to change the MAC address (it is possible)
Hope you'll get it back!