How do I find the IP address for my stolen laptop from my home computer?

by on December 15, 2010

Q: How do I find the IP address for my stolen laptop from my home computer?


One Response to “How do I find the IP address for my stolen laptop from my home computer?”
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    Without any tracking or anti-theft software already installed on your laptop you don’t have a lot of options.

    Your only real shot at getting the IP address if is the thief accesses your google or facebook account. Both of these sites allow you to see the most recent IP addresses that have logged into your accounts.

    Clicking the Details link next to the Last account activity line at the bottom of any Gmail page shows information about recent activity in your mail.

    For Facebook: You can get a list of the sessions that are currently logged in to your account. From the Account menu in the upper right corner choose Account Settings, then click the Account Security change link. This shows the current logins, including IP address if you hover over the location, and will even allow you to log out other sessions. However, if the other session has logged out then it does not appear

    If you do manage to find a suspicious IP address listed you’ll need to provide that to local law enforcement. There isn’t anything you can do with the IP address yourself to get the physical location of the computer.