security/safety of iMac used by felon/x10

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January 13, 2020 at 11:17:15
Specs: mac, celeron
a repeat felon (prison ex con) times 10,..

offered to give me a pristine iMac with about 30 hours of usage on it

do i need to replace the HDD before getting online with it
or just not connect it to the Internet to stay out of trouble??

aren't his ComPUTER Serial number and ID info or at least HDD serial number etc. in some kind of government/law enforcement or FBI database???


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January 13, 2020 at 14:20:37
Why would even consider it?

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January 13, 2020 at 14:41:24
Macs are registered with Apple by the buyer at time of purchase - using the buyer’s email address; and they create their Apple account password at that time. That password is tied to the registered owner’s email address. Without that step one cannot download updates, or likely other software too from Apple...; nor receive any tech/after sales support or warranty.

If person A buys a Mac and then sells it to B then A must advise Apple of new owner, who must also confirm their (new) Apple account ID and password. Person A is then dissociated with that Mac, in favour of B

“If” your friend is the registered owner (with Apple), and has proof of purchase too (the latter is both a receipt at time of purchase, and an email with same details), that proof may (usually is) required to allow the change of legal ownership...


How did your friend acquire the laptop?

If per chance it was stolen by someone (not necessarily your friend) likely the details of the Macbook will be known to both Apple and police. The serial number etc. will be “on file”.

Anyone accepting that Mac might be open to charges of receiving or trafficking in stolen goods..; possibly an accessory after the fact (the initial theft).

You would be very wise to confirm how your friend acquired the Max., and see genuine (as confirmed y Apple) proof of legal ownership.

If you were found with stolen goods, even if you weren’t charged as above, you could still have those goods (the Mac in your case) taken from you.

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January 13, 2020 at 19:27:35

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January 14, 2020 at 01:41:41
It sounds from your question as if you suspect it is stolen (else, what are you worried about?).

Receiving stolen goods is a criminal offence.

Reinstalling the OS is probably the quickest way to notify Apple about the location of the computer.

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January 14, 2020 at 01:41:43
Re-installation of the MacOS usually requires proof of ownership details in or order to download the OS, which is done from the Apps. store.

Also it doesn’t resolve the legality of the situation...?

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January 14, 2020 at 16:27:44
neighbor, not friend

the owner is the neighbors mom and self

iMac is laptop??

not stolen goods

the computer was purchased by the neighbor or his mom,..



forget about it??

don't even bother??


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January 14, 2020 at 16:31:48
good question, riider,...




free stuff???

another headache / hassle,..
to adopt/ acquire on top of, ....


I am sick of Microsoft SW / OS and ... stuff
and can't mess with my open source stuff right now,...

I guess I am not taking this thing of his hands then??

and if I do, i won't mess with it, just store until I have time to kill / burn / spare??

thanks folks,..

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January 14, 2020 at 16:35:57
I think it is a PC / computer, not laptop<??

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January 14, 2020 at 17:58:22
If you can get the original purchaser (neighbour?) to arrange the transfer of ownership to you, then might be OK.

Apple will agree to the change of ownership etc. “If” the current/registered owner contacts them, and can provide the necessary proof etc.

IMac is the domestic/office desktop from Apple. Current models are “all in one” design” (screen and workings in one housing. Earlier models were a separate “box” - and required an external display. There is also a much larger Apple tower system (or was until until recently) more designed for CGI work and similar design use.

You have little to lose by asking current registered owner to help transfer it to you! If that can be done then I don’t see any other issues to stop you enjoying it?

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January 15, 2020 at 08:48:01
I had a chat with my local Apple store people. Mainly to clarify (for myself at least) the what/why etc.

Seems all you have to do is to get the current registered owner reset the computer back to as new/delivered. This process wipes the drive completely; and removes any details of "legitimate/registered" owner. When it's next booted up it comes as if a new computer; and you have to enter a user id/password (ID usually your email address) and that creates/save/sets you as the now (new) registered owner.

Again the "registered/legal owner" has to wipe the drive by doing a factory reset; using "their login/password to their registered Apple account. After-which you can become the registered owner.

Before doing the factory reset, the find my iPad/computer etc. apps must be switched off (logged out); and any other find my computer equivalents. You also have to shut down access (log off) iCloud access if active/logged in.

Then a reset can be carried out.

Seems unlikely the authorities will have a record of the computer - unless they've had reason to take it i"n house" and check it out for whatever reasons...

Incidentally if someone dies and leaves their Apple kit in their will to whomever... unless whomsoever can enter the correct Apple account ID/login details (for the respective kit), there's no way Apple will help the recipients to gain access to and use that Apple kit...

So in your personal papers - maybe your will too - ensure you leave your Apple account login details... Otherwise all your Apple kit will be no more than useless but expensive bricks once you pass out of this life...

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April 29, 2020 at 21:37:52
I am not THAT old trvlr, ...

'Way too young 4 a willl

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April 30, 2020 at 01:10:57
Never too young to have will. Certainly once one is an adult

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