Ever wondered what you guys would do in case your favorite smart phone or laptop gets stolen?
Register a complaint with the Police maybe?
Well, forget about it as it’d takes ages for them to track down the thief. How on world do you expect them to track a laptop! At least we can track a smart phone with the IMEI number.
In this post I’m going to share with you guys a software I found on the internet while browsing. It exactly does the above mentioned job for you and indeed it can help you recover your stolen device faster!
What more – it can reveal the identity of the one who stole it, remotely lock the device, make it sound an alarm, take screenshots when the device is in use and snaps pictures of the user via webcam and sends it back to your online account, wipe sensitive information, etc.!
Well…if you still haven’t figured out which software I’m talking about, it’s ‘Prey’.
Prey is a lightweight theft protection software that lets you keep an eye over your mobile phones and laptops whether in town or abroad, and helps you recover them if ever lost or stolen.
After installing the software on your laptop, tablet or phone, Prey will run silently in the background waiting for your command. Once a command is remotely triggered from your Prey account (you need to create an account at their official site – simple email registration only), your device will gather and deliver detailed evidence back to you, including a picture of who’s using it, which is often the crucial piece of evidence that police officers need to take further action.
Using Prey, we can remotely lock the device and delete all the stored passwords and credentials stored in it. Moreover, Prey supports nearly all the major operating systems – be it Windows or Linux or Mac OS X or Android or iOS.
Also Read: Steps to make your PC more Secure.
According to the developers, the sensitive data is gathered ‘only when’ the user requests it, and is for our eyes only ‐ nothing is sent without your permission.
Prey offers three types of plans for its software usage –
The first and the basic one is the ‘Free’ plan where-in you pay absolutely nothing for the services. The maximum number of devices supported is 3 and you can request for a maximum of 10 reports of your devices.
The next is the ‘Personal’ plan for 5USD/MO, which supports the same number of devices as the basic plan excpet that we can request for a maximum of 100 reports – which I personally don’t think any normal user will need but just in case you want extra security for your devices!
Last comes the ‘Home’ plan which offers support for 10 devices but with the same number of 100 reports that can be requested just like in the case of the above mentioned ‘Personal’ plan. The ‘Home’ plan would cost 15USD/MO.
I would recommend you guys to go for the ‘Free’ plan itself unless you’re extremely cautious about your privacy, data and security.
Recently the Police Agency of Chile (Policia de Investigaciones) has tied up with the Prey Project to encourage all the citizens of the country to make use of the Prey software for security purposes as it would make tracking down the criminals a lot easier than before!
The greatest advantage of the Prey software is that it doesn’t show up in the list of installed programs/apps. You can’t uninstall it like any other normal program, which makes it even more secure. And since it’s light on the systems resources, it has got a huge fan base than any other tracking software available out there in the market!
Hope you guys found this post useful. If you’ve got any other recommendations, do mention it in the comments section! 🙂