Undercover

May 22, 2006

So, you’ve got your shiny new MacBook, you’ve installed [iAlertu](http://www.slappingturtle.com/home/?p=12) … now what?

What if a thief is smart enough to remove the battery before disappearing into the night…?

Check out [Undercover](http://orbicule.com/undercover/works.html), which not only sends out an IP-address-containing SOS if it’s reported stolen, but actually uses your machine’s built-in iSight to snap a photo of the perp before simulating a screen failure that makes the Mac unusable.

> Every six minutes, Undercover pings a database maintained by developer Orbicule to check if the machine it’s installed on has been stolen; a positive reply from the server initiates a sequence of events that hopefully ends with law enforcement officials breaking down the door of the nefarious Macjacker’s pad and recovering your beloved notebook. In case the crook was smart enough to never reconnect to the Internet after the heist, however, you’ll still need to file an insurance claim and head down to the old Apple store — looks like they still haven’t found a software solution that beats the trusty Kensington Lock.

via [Engadget](http://www.engadget.com/)

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