Top 3 Free Anti-Theft Apps for Your iPhone and Mac

May 12, 2016

11:45 am

If you have avoided anti-theft apps because you had to pay for them, you might want to reconsider. A recent poll showed that 68 percent of phone-theft victims are willing to put themselves in danger to retrieve their lost or stolen phone. Fortunately, you can find a lot of free anti-theft apps that will prevent this time of stressful hypothetical.

While no one wants to lose their phone, these apps can help you find them fast without cost.

Prey

The best part of this app is that it is cross-platform. That means you can track your lost Mac on an Android phone, and that’s pretty cool. If your Mac, iPad, or iPhone goes missing, you can track the location and even make snapshots of the thief via both the front and back cameras.

The disadvantage is that you can only connect up to 3 devices within one Prey account. If you need more connected devices, then you should buy the business package. Besides, you can report your device as missing up to 10 times, and let’s be honest, who needs more than 3 devices? 

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Track My Mac

This anti-theft app includes expanded tracking features necessary for keeping your devices safe. Besides the standard location tracker and snapshots of the thief, the app allows a user to remotely log into the system. For example, you can unlock your Mac that is located in London while you are in Los Angeles. Moreover, if the app is launched on the Mac OS, you will receive the snapshots of the person who is attempting to log in. You can connect an unlimited number of Macs in your Track My Mac account.

The drawback is that the app works only on Mac and iPhone, but the developer promises to release a version for iPad and Android.

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Find My Mac / iPhone

This is a native Apple app that is built right into the system. At first sight, it’s a great opportunity to secure your Mac without installing any third-party applications. However, the app’s functionality is currently limited by tracking location, remote erasing of lost or stolen devices, and playing the beep sound on a lost device in case it is lost at home. However, this app is popular and free, so it deserves your attention.

All you need is to set up the iCloud account and enable the Find My Mac / iPhone feature on your device.

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Andrew Dufresne currently works for IT company and loves everything related to technology, hardware and software. At the same time he loves to write about travelling and likes to provide readers with the life hacks. He paints, likes extreme kind of sports and alpinism which are also could be one of the topics for his articles.

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