Apple iPhone users have one special feature that could come in handy to track down a lost or stolen Mac. It’s Find My Mac. All the details on how to set up iCloud and Apple’s Find My Mac feature from Riva Richmond in The New York Times:
If your laptop goes missing, you simply visit the icloud.com web site and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If your Mac is on and online, you will be able to see its location on a Google map. The site will also show you where your iPhone and iPad are if you have installed Find apps on them. Click on the circle with an “i” inside to open a box, and choose it to make a sound go off, display message, lock it or wipe it.
It’s easy and free. If you already have an iPhone, a Mac, and an iCloud account.
Then, there’s the story in Cult of Mac about a man who recovered his stolen MacBook thousands of miles away.
Finally, Sam Costello has 14 Ways To Find A Stolen Or Lost iPhone. Some are free, some are not.