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    What can I do to protect my macbook pro? (From being stolen/from viruses ect.)
    Mostly...I am worried about it being stolen.


    I am only interested in free ways to protect it, at the moment.

    Thank you.

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    A free way to protect your MacBook from being stolen? That's easy. Never let it out of your sight.....

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    A free way to protect your MacBook from being stolen? That's easy. Never let it out of your sight.....

    Regards.
    Ahh...you beat me to it...the obvious answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noobies! View Post
    I am only interested in free ways to protect it, at the moment.
    This is sort of an amusing statement. You have a nice expensive MacBook Pro that you want to protect (and a lot of folks out there would steal if given the chance)...but you're not willing to spend a penny to protect it (other than the free method of not letting it out of your sight).


    - Nick
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    A little childish but common questions I guess.
    I don't let it out of my sight, unless I have to.

    I just brought this thing... (rather, I'm am currently paying for it) hence (can you guess) I have no money spare at the moment. So, should I just not bother?

    No.

    I will look for an alternative in the mean time.

    And if anyone could *help*

    That would be great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noobies! View Post
    2. I just brought this thing...hence (can you guess) I have no money spare at the moment.
    Just because you don't have any money at the moment (for additional protection)...does not really make a difference to thieves!

    And believe it or not...the "Don't let the MacBook Pro out of your sight" advice is really the best protection!

    I have over 4,000 posts on this website...and "chscag" has over 7,000 posts. Do you really think this is the first time we have seen your question??? How many times do you think we have seen DESPERATE questions on this forum from folks who have just had their laptop stolen!!!

    For example:

    - left my laptop in the car & it got stolen
    - got up from my table at Starbuck's to get a cup of coffee...and came back & my laptop was stolen
    - went to the bathroom during class...came back & my laptop was stolen
    - put down my backpack at the convenience store to pay for some groceries...went to pick up my backpack...and my laptop was stolen.

    Do you get the idea yet!!! Don't leave your laptop out of your sight or possession...and it won't get stolen!

    Enough said,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Tie it around your waist.

    You can also try this. Seems like a sense of false security though:

    slappingturtle.com - Applications
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    Bungie Cords?

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    And do not slow your machine down running antivirus software. N.B. there are no Mac OS X viri and if you use the web safely, no need to worry about trojans and malware either. Keep away from purate and porn sites.

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    Not trying to belittle you, but let's be realistic. A free way to protect your MBP from being stolen is just as I and Nick have advised.

    The reality of it is - the best way to protect bad things from happening is preventing them from happening in the first place. Not letting the machine out of your sight is still the best way. Once it's stolen, unless you've spent some money on some sort of theft recovery, it's very doubtful you'll ever see that machine again. Do some searching on this forum or any other Mac forum and read the responses.

    In the meantime, invest in a Kensington lock for the machine. Surely you can afford $35 or so?

    Regards.

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    Here is another suggestion...which costs money! I don't necessarily know much about these guys...but they do offer theft protection:

    Laptop, Desktop, Tablet PC and PDA/Smartphone insurance from Safeware Insurance Agency, Inc.

    For $1000 dollars coverage...it cost about $86.00/year. Of course more $$$ for more coverage & longer terms.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Just because you don't have any money at the moment (for additional protection)...does not really make a difference to thieves!
    Of course not.

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    And believe it or not...the "Don't let the MacBook Pro out of your sight" advice is really the best protection!
    Yes, I understand that. But I'm sure people in my area are getting curious as to why I always have my bag with me. That can be worse than not having it with me.
    Carrying a bag everywhere = Valubles... no bag one day = house robbery.

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I have over 4,000 posts on this website...and "chscag" has over 7,000 posts. Do you really think this is the first time we have seen your question??? How many times do you think we have seen DESPERATE questions on this forum from folks who have just had their laptop stolen!!!

    For example:

    - left my laptop in the car & it got stolen
    - got up from my table at Starbuck's to get a cup of coffee...and came back & my laptop was stolen
    - went to the bathroom during class...came back & my laptop was stolen
    - put down my backpack at the convenience store to pay for some groceries...went to pick up my backpack...and my laptop was stolen.

    Do you get the idea yet!!! Don't leave your laptop out of your sight or possession...and it won't get stolen!

    Enough said,
    Understood.

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    Thank you.

    I'll look into it.

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Here is another suggestion...which costs money! I don't necessarily know much about these guys...but they do offer theft protection:

    Laptop, Desktop, Tablet PC and PDA/Smartphone insurance from Safeware Insurance Agency, Inc.

    For $1000 dollars coverage...it cost about $86.00/year. Of course more $$$ for more coverage & longer terms.

    HTH,

    - Nick


    (Is there a 'thanks' button here somewhere?)

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    There is no fail proof way to prevent it happening. Only deterrents.

    All I can do, is all I can do. (but if I do nothing and it gets nicked=)

    Thanks Eric.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric559 View Post
    Tie it around your waist.

    You can also try this. Seems like a sense of false security though:

    slappingturtle.com - Applications

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Not trying to belittle you, but let's be realistic. A free way to protect your MBP from being stolen is just as I and Nick have advised.

    The reality of it is - the best way to protect bad things from happening is preventing them from happening in the first place. Not letting the machine out of your sight is still the best way. Once it's stolen, unless you've spent some money on some sort of theft recovery, it's very doubtful you'll ever see that machine again. Do some searching on this forum or any other Mac forum and read the responses.

    In the meantime, invest in a Kensington lock for the machine. Surely you can afford $35 or so?

    Regards.
    Well put. (I'd say)

    That's what I wanted to know. (Assuming no one else can offer any suggestions)

    I would just like to know my options so that I can decide what ti do.

    However-Like I said, carrying a bag around isn't very safe either in my opinion.

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