Having your laptop stolen is more likely than you think…
Our MacBook have become a part of our daily life, and we enjoy the comfort of having all our data with us at all times. We can work, watch movies and communicate with friends and family whenever we please.
But with this convenience comes risk – we cannot carry the laptop everywhere, for example to the bathroom, on a sightseeing trip, or in airport security. So we tend to leave it unguarded, or with strangers – casually assuming that “this will not happen to us”.
It is estimated that in the USA alone a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, and that there is a one in 10 chance that any given laptop will be stolen. This can happen anywhere - in restaurants, airports and hotels or on public transport.
Wait - it gets worse
Not only is there the replacement cost to consider, but the time and cost to purchase new software, as well as the stolen data which can be used to cause significant damage.
The hardware ends up in pawn shops or online – the data from the laptop is also sold online, facilitating anything from identity theft to insurance fraud and even blackmail.
Stolen data can be used to enter corporate systems with ease. In February 2016 a laptop containing the sensitive medical information of around 5 million patients was stolen from a Washington State Federal building. This necessitated the government to disclose the extent of the damage.
Stolen data can cause significant damage, bad publicity and even legal lawsuits for negligence.
There is another way
Introducing Beepify .
Beepify is a simple to install app that activates an alarm when someone either disconnects the charger or closes the display of your MacBook.
The alarm continues, even if the display is closed, ensuring that attention is drawn to the attempted theft and it is stopped cold in its tracks.
It cannot be muted, and will continue until stopped by the device’s owner.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does the alarm start playing the sound?
It depends on the selected mode:
1) When charger is disconnected or display is closed
2) When charger is disconnected
3) When display is closed
Will the app work if my laptop's screen is locked?
Yes. Your alarm will stay active even if your screen is locked.
Will it work if the display is closed?
Yes. The alarm sound will continue playing if your display is closed.
What if the theft will change or mute the sound?
Sound will switch back to maximum and he can't turn it off.
Can I change the alarm volume level ?
Yes you can change the alarm volume level from 0 (no alarm sound only notifications) to the maximum.
Can I cancel my subscription anytime ?
Yes, just send us a message at email@example.com to cancel your yearly subsciption.
What if someone accidentally triggers my alarm?
The alarm will start playing and continue until you disable it or plug the charger back in and open the display
Does it work if I have headphones plugged in?
You will receive the phone notification, but you'll need to remove your headphones when enabling the app, otherwise the alarm sound will play through your headphones and not through the laptop speaker.
Do I need to have internet connection?
Yes, to be able to send and receive the notification, but not to play the alarm itself.
Do you support WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger?
Yes, you'll be able to receive the notification on whatsapp or Facebook messenger on the next update coming up this month (january) for the moment the notifications are enabled on telegram only.
How I can find my laptop if it's stolen?
Please connect all your Apple devices with the same Apple ID to "Find My iPhone" (it's not only for iPhone). You can use it via web app and iOS app.