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Prey Review: Best free laptop anti-theft software

Ever wondered what you guys would do in case your favorite smartphone or laptop gets stolen?

Register a complaint with the Police maybe?

Well, forget about it as it’d take ages for them to track down the thief. How in the world do you expect them to track a laptop! At least we can track a smartphone with the IMEI number.

In this post, I’m going to review Prey – an anti-theft software for Windows, Android, Linux, macOS, and iOS which 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’s 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, wipe sensitive information, and send it back to your online account, etc.

Prey Anti-Theft Solution for All Platforms

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.

How does Prey’s Anti-Theft Feature Work

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.

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 Project Pricing Details (Plans)

Prey offers three types of plans for its software usage –

The first and the basic one is the ‘Free’ plan wherein you pay absolutely nothing for the services. The maximum number of devices supported is 3 and you can request a maximum of 10 reports of your devices.

The next is the ‘Personal’ plan for $5/month, which supports the same number of devices as the basic plan except 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 $15/month.

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 system’s resources, it has got a huge fan base than any other tracking software available out there in the market!

Hope you guys found this review of the Prey anti-theft application useful. If you’ve got any other recommendations, do mention them in the comments section! 🙂 

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  1. Thanks for info about Prey. However, I’m finding trouble adding a device, that is, another phone I want to track. All the phones have bn installed with prey app. Kindly provide procedure for adding a device. Thanks


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