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 How to Track and (Potentially) Recover Your Stolen Laptop or Android with Prey

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PostSubject: How to Track and (Potentially) Recover Your Stolen Laptop or Android with Prey   Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:09 am



Laptops are lighter and more powerful than ever; they're also easier to steal. Luckily, a genuinely versatile and powerful track-and-recover application is also free. Here's how Prey works, and how it could save you a month's rent in new laptop cost.
Why Prey?

There are obvious reasons to like Prey. Chief among them, it's free to use for up to three devices of any kind, from computers running Windows, Mac, or Linux to Android devices. But that wouldn't mean anything if the tracking Prey provided wasn't really solid. It's not fool-proof, especially if the thief wants to entirely wipe your computer or phone, but if that's not the case, it gives you a fighting chance.

On a laptop with a webcam, a Wi-Fi chip, and Prey installed, it's a good bet you'll have a photo of your thief and an approximate location on them just as soon as they have your computer running for a few minutes. You don't have to actively search, either—devices with Prey installed in the background "phone home" to your web-based account every 20 minutes by default (you can decrease this interval), spilling their guts about everything they're doing.

Webcam snaps, desktop screenshots, lists of modified files and running programs, network data galore, and much more are provided to those who want to quietly track their, uh, prey. If you'd prefer to think that maybe someone just found your device, you can set read-aloud alerts, fire off alarms, change the system wallpaper, lock it with a password, and remotely wipe out your browser data—all from any browser you can get to.

The basics of installing and using Prey are covered in the video.

don't be a victim...
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PostSubject: Re: How to Track and (Potentially) Recover Your Stolen Laptop or Android with Prey   Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:45 am

That is a pretty good thing to have on the laptop......whenever I have one in like probably years and years, lol. But all in all, pretty good! They should have a tracking device for phones too and remote controls 'cause I lose them. tongue
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PostSubject: Re: How to Track and (Potentially) Recover Your Stolen Laptop or Android with Prey   Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:12 am

it works for desktop,laptop,and new phones

I just signed-up

Ill give you my review soon
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