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What NOT to do with stolen iPad?

by James Denison / March 15, 2013 / 4:37 AM UTC
What an idiot. Eventually she'll be identified and caught I guess. Till then, I wonder if she even realizes it probably does timely updates of photos to his album? At least the "former" owner of the iPad is finding some amusement from his loss.
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Oh the comments
by James Denison / March 15, 2013 / 4:50 AM UTC

The best one was this;

"That photo will appear on these message boards tomorrow as somebody's user pic."

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there is software for
by Roger NC / March 15, 2013 / 7:15 AM UTC

tablets, smart phones, and laptops that allow you to remotely deactivate them, as well as the call home with GPS location software remotely operated. Don't recall the names right now.

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supposedly it's inbuilt into iPads, but....
by James Denison / March 15, 2013 / 11:59 AM UTC
In reply to: there is software for

...he turned it off. Seems sometimes his children use it and when they uploaded pictures it would say where they had been and for their safety he turned that function off.

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can't it be reactivated remotely?
by Roger NC / March 15, 2013 / 1:49 PM UTC

I thought some software I had seen for smart phones and pads had that capability, but I may be wrong.

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(NT) Example Android title? "Plan B"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2013 / 1:51 PM UTC
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(NT) Andoid has where's my droid app
by Diana Forum moderator / March 18, 2013 / 6:51 PM UTC
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Plan B needs no app pre-installed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 18, 2013 / 6:54 PM UTC

Kinda scary.

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Maybe, but
by James Denison / March 18, 2013 / 8:07 PM UTC

isn't it sort of installed by the manufacturer, just hidden until you and they both turn it on?

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Scare your friends, entertain your boss.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2013 / 12:26 PM UTC
In reply to: Maybe, but

Plan B is quite the tool.

As to what is installed by the maker, -> CIQ <- on Android is well known.

Both of these are kinda creepy.

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by James Denison / March 19, 2013 / 6:59 PM UTC

but they already had the firmware of MAC for tracking purposes. Less efficient, but with proper access, one can already be tracked by their MAC which is a better pointer even than one's IP address used, since that can vary depending on location. Of course cheap USB wireless fobs can give one a certain anonymity so long as referer info is changed too as one moves around or connects through various wireless connects, or dialup out of area servers using VOIP and proxy servers.

I noticed an interesting situation on my home router, in which my daughter's iPod automatically tries to "call home" at 3am every morning. I know it's not her since she's asleep and I have limited hours set on the firewall for her device. Still, the attempt to connect is made. I wonder how many cellphones "call home" now, unless the battery is completely removed? Most older burn phones don't, but I suspect many if not all the newer ones do.

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PS- hang onto your old SD memory cards
by James Denison / March 19, 2013 / 7:07 PM UTC

I suspect eventually all new memory cards will become the WiFi included type. When that happens, any device utilizing a memory chip will be trackable everywhere there's any sort of wireless connect or mobile phone tower. Doing a walk by for cloning info on them will become a new favorite spy tool I expect.

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