If you have purchased a used laptop for your studies you might be confused about how to track it when it gets stolen. I purchased a laptop this summer back in July. I was pretty worried about the theft issue and considered buying some tracking software while the student discount was available. But the reason why I ended up not buying it was because the useful period of this laptop was very short. So I would feel like wasting of my money.
It is not possible to track a stolen laptop like cellular phone or other devices that can provide us its location using GPS through GSM networks. If your laptop has been stolen, there are few things you can do to try and find it back if you have installed some tracking software on your computer.
Acquiring the laptop’s serial number.
The first step is to acquire the laptop’s serial number. This is usually on a sticker located under the laptop’s battery or on its bottom panel. The serial number will be helpful in tracking down the laptop if it’s lost or stolen.
Next, contact your Internet service provider (ISP) and ask them to put a “lock” on your account so that no one can access it without your permission. This will prevent anyone from using the Internet connection on your laptop.
Your ISP may also be able to tell you where your stolen computer is located at this time, but they can’t do anything further until you report it as stolen property.
Finally, call the police immediately and file a report about your stolen laptop. They’ll take down all of the relevant information about its specifications and make an entry into their database so that other law enforcement agencies can check for similar crimes reported elsewhere in their area.
The police will also help you track down any leads they find while investigating other cases of stolen laptops in their jurisdiction; this may mean contacting other police departments in neighboring cities or counties as well as nearby states if necessary.
First, use the original box and other materials to determine the make and model of your laptop.
Section: First, use the original box and other materials to determine the make and model of your laptop.
Section: Next, check your warranty information. If you have an extended warranty through the manufacturer or a third-party insurance provider, call them up to see whether they can track down your machine.
Section: If you bought your laptop from a retailer like Best Buy, contact them for assistance. They may be able to help you get in touch with the manufacturer directly.
Section: Finally, there are some software options available for tracking down lost laptops if all else fails. For example, if someone steals your laptop and then connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi or cellular data service, you may be able to track it using an app like Google Latitude or Life360 Family Locator (for Android phones only).
To get the serial number.
Section: To get the serial number, you will need to access it physically or retrieve it from the laptop’s system.
To access the serial number physically on a laptop, follow these steps:
1. Close the lid and turn off the power.
2. Unscrew the screws that hold down the keyboard and remove it.
3. Remove any other removable parts, such as memory cards, optical drives and battery packs.
4. Remove any other screws that are in plain sight on the bottom of your laptop. You may need a screwdriver for this step if you have a Macbook or Chromebook computer; otherwise, you should be able to unscrew them with your fingers alone.
5. Use a flashlight to shine light into any dark places inside your device where there might be screws or other electronics components hidden away from plain sight.
If you don’t see any screws inside your device after looking through all of its visible parts and removing any removable ones, then use a small Phillips head screwdriver to gently pry open any hidden compartments within your laptop until you find one containing screws or another piece of hardware that looks like it might belong there but was removed before being thrown out by thieves who don’t know what they’re doing when they
If your laptop has a removable battery, then this should be an easy process.
If your laptop has a removable battery, then this should be an easy process. Simply remove the battery and take it to a local computer store. If they don’t have a scanner, they should be able to tell you what make and model of battery it is, otherwise they can have one shipped to them. Once they have this information, they will be able to tell you the location of the serial number on that specific model and if it has been reported as stolen.
If you don’t want to take your laptop in person, there are several websites that allow you to scan your machine remotely using just a web browser. These websites include:
If you have an Apple computer with built-in GPS capability, then you can use the free Find My iPhone app to track down your device if it becomes lost or stolen.
Next, open your computer’s command prompt by pressing Windows-R on your keyboard.
From there, type in “wmic bios get serialnumber,” without the quotation marks. This will pull up a prompt with the serial number attached.
Section: Next, open your computer’s command prompt by pressing Windows-R on your keyboard. From there, type in “wmic bios get serialnumber,” without the quotation marks. This will pull up a prompt with the serial number attached.
Section: If you have a laptop with a fingerprint scanner, you can also use it to track your device. Click here to learn how to find your fingerprint scanner and use it to track down your stolen laptop.
Section: You can also track down a stolen laptop using the free software Prey, which allows you to locate your device using its IP address and other tools (like Facebook). You must download Prey before someone steals your computer or device but after installing it, all you have to do is sign into your account from any web browser or mobile app for instant access to all of the information about your device.
Contacting the manufacturer.
If you have a stolen laptop, there are a few steps you can take to try to track it down.
Contact the manufacturer. If your laptop was made by Apple or Sony, for example, you can call their customer service departments and ask if they have any information about your stolen laptop. This is unlikely to turn up anything useful but it’s worth a shot.
Check online databases. There are several databases where people can register their laptops in case of theft or loss; these include Immobilier and Stolen Laptops. The problem with this approach is that unless someone has registered your laptop as stolen, you won’t be able to access any data about it.
Search Craigslist and eBay listings for your laptop model name and serial number. If someone is trying to sell your stolen laptop on Craigslist or eBay, they may have mistakenly left behind some clues as to its whereabouts.
Once you have that information.
Most computers have a sticker on the bottom or back of the machine that contains information about the computer’s manufacturer, model number and serial number. This information can be used to determine if your computer has been stolen.
Once you have that information, use your computer’s original product manual to find the manufacturer’s contact information. Some companies make it easy for users to report a stolen laptop by providing an online form for reporting lost or stolen devices.
If you cannot locate a product manual online, call the manufacturer directly and ask them how to locate your computer’s serial number. Some companies may require additional information before they are able to provide you with this information such as proof of purchase or an account number associated with your computer purchase.
Section: Once you have that information, use your computer’s original product manual to find the manufacturer’s contact information.
Again, most manufacturers keep this information on their website or send it out upon purchase of a product.
You can track a stolen laptop. The first step is to contact the manufacturer and ask for its serial number, which will be on the bottom or back of your computer.
If you bought your computer from a store, it’s probably in your receipt or on the sales receipt. If you bought it online, check your purchase history or follow up with customer service to get the information.
Once you have the serial number, you can go to Dell’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), HP’s Product Security Incident Response team (PSIRT), Apple’s Product Security Incident Response team (PSIRT) or Microsoft’s product security incident response page and enter it there.
You’ll be asked for additional information about when and where it was stolen so that they can help you find out if someone has reported it stolen.
You can usually contact them for a replacement sticker if you don’t have one or cannot read what was printed on it.
You can usually contact them for a replacement sticker if you don’t have one or cannot read what was printed on it. If your laptop was stolen, the police will be able to get the serial number from the sticker and then use that to track down the person who stole it.
If you do not have any stickers or are unable to find them, there are other ways of recovering your computer. You can try looking at the device manager in your operating system to find out what model of computer you have and then go online to see if it is listed as stolen on any lists.
You should also check with local pawn shops and flea markets for your machine.
The manufacturer will ask for proof of purchase.
proof of identity before giving away any information about owner data or purchase history.
The manufacturer will ask for proof of purchase and proof of identity before giving away any information about owner data or purchase history. If you don’t have the receipt, you may be able to find the serial number on your laptop or the packaging. A stolen laptop is often sold within a few hours, so it’s important to act quickly.
If you can’t locate your serial number, contact your computer manufacturer as soon as possible and tell them that your device was stolen. They may be able to help track down where it was sold and who bought it.
If you’re not sure whether your laptop has been stolen or lost, contact your ISP (Internet service provider) and ask them to lock down access to your account. This will prevent anyone from logging on unless they have your username and password.
It is possible to track down stolen items like laptops
It is possible to track down stolen items like laptops. However, you must act quickly and have the right tools in place.
The first thing to do is check whether the device is still online by going to Google’s My Account page or iCloud.com or by using Find My iPhone on iOS devices. If the device can be tracked and there’s a GPS signal, you can use that data to find the location of your device and call the police.
If your device has a SIM card, you may be able to use a cell phone tracking service like Skyhook Wireless’ LoJack for Laptops, which tracks GPS locations via cellular networks.
If these methods don’t help you locate your missing item, there are other ways to find it — but they’re not as reliable or easy as they should be. You could try installing a tracking app on your computer that monitors location changes and sends alerts when they happen (such as Trackr). But this won’t work if your device is turned off or has no Internet connection at all.
If a laptop was stolen from work, talk to IT administrators about remotely locking it down so that only authorized users can log on. This will prevent anyone from accessing files stored on it — including criminals trying to steal