How To Find Your Laptop if Lost or Stolen with Prey Apps

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Laptop, netbook, desktop, or Android device is our favorite items. And ofcourse having that device lost or stolen can be a horrible experience for use. Fortunately now there are solutions to prevent that happening.

Laptop Theft
Laptop Theft

Thanks to the light, easy to use, and Open Source project Prey, you can set it up to find you device. Here I will share how to use it. You can use a Windows 7 netbook, but it also works on Mac, Linux, and Android devices. There’s no support for iOS devices but hopefully that will come in the future.

  • First, Go to the Prey Project site and download the software. Then install it on your system. The installation process is easy, just follow the defaults.
Prey Download
Prey Download

And now, How to Configure Prey to Track Your Computer.

  • The basic is setup the reporting method. Just Go with the recommended setting Prey + Control Panel and click next. One you become more familiar with using the program you can change advanced settings. Set yourself up as a new user.
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Prey - New User
Prey - New User
  • Enter in your name, email, and password. Under Device Settings give it a title and notice for Device type you can select Portable or Desktop. Then you’ll see the following messages letting you know the account was created, you will get a confirmation email, and that the configuration was successful.
Insert Name and Email
Insert Name and Email
  • Please Check the email you provided for the confirmation message and it will point you to the Prey Control Panel page where you can log in. Then you will see your device(s) listed in the control panel.
  • To test it out or if your device actually is lost or stolen, click on the device you want to configure. This brings you to a control panel where you have several options. Under Current status set it to missing and set the frequency of reports and actions. Set the information you want the reports to gather and the actions you want it to preform.
  • Just leave the defaults for the alert message and password to unlock it, or change them if you want.
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Prey - Configuration
Prey - Configuration
  • Now, if your device stolen they can see the log in computer.
Prey Log in
Prey Log in
  • Depending on what you set the report interval time for, you’ll receive your first report. Click on the link to go to the Prey site and read the report. Since Geo Location is enabled, you’ll get a map of the general location of where your computer or device is located.
Prey - Map
Prey - Map
  • We also had it set to take a webcam shot, so you’ll have a picture of the culprit caught red handed included in the report.
Prey - Control Panel
Prey - Control Panel

It’s really convenient if you embed this application on your device. Hopefully this post can help you.