Updated: October 01, 2012
Developer: Tim Holman
License: GPL
System requirements: Mac OS X 4
CPU: 64-bit

VUWER (pronounced like "viewer") is an application designed to remotely track your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (or any other Apple computer) in the event that it is lost or stolen. VUWER is not foolproof, but it is reasonably secure, easy to implement, and costs nothing but a little time and effort to set up. VUWER is free of charge, open source, and relies on standard OS X commands and readily available freeware applications for installation and operation. Also, since VUWER is written in Applescript, it is relatively easy to modify or enhance in any way you choose. You are in complete control of where the captured data from your stolen laptop is sent and how it is accessed; data can be transmitted either by email or by secure file copy to another computer account. You can remotely capture screenshots, iSight/FaceTime camera images, and IP geolocation data from your laptop, and separately choose their respective repetition intervals. No third-party intermediary is required to track your laptop. VUWER eliminates any possibility of an unscrupulous person at a theft-recovery company snooping on you. See for more information. Please submit comments and bug reports to tim.holman (at)

New in version 1.6.3

Fixed bug that could cause VUWER log file to be created in case of network failure, even if VUWER is not in debug mode. Revised VUWER documentation to emphasize the necessity of adding a firmware password to your computer.

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