Track Down Your Stolen Laptop With “ Prey”

Unknown | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 0 comments

It  is very painful  when  your laptop gets stolen or lost   because  your personal documents, and confidential official data as well as some other info like your bank account details, etc. can be lost.In addition to that there is a possibility to misuse those by somebody.Here “Prey”can rescue you.

Prey is a lightweight application that will assist you in finding a misplaced laptop should it get stolen. It is open source, multiplatform and totally free to use.It runs silently in background, It  checks  at regular intervals a particular URL to see if it should trigger the missing state, gather traces and send out a report. In checking the URL, the software looks for a 200 response from the page. If the response is there, the software goes to sleep .

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  • Status of the computer
  • List of running programs and active connections
  • Detailed network and WI-FI report
  • Screenshot of running desktop
  • A picture of the thief (if the stolen laptop is equipped with a Webcam)


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If you have a device, enabled with  GPS, Prey can get the location. Many mobile phones are now  equipped with GPS, and this application can be installed on phones with Windows Mobile or Android. If GPS is not available, could be achieved geo-location WiFi.

Prey uses a remote activation system which means the program sits silently in your computer until you actually want it to run.It helps you locate your missing laptop by sending timed reports with a bunch of information of its whereabouts. This includes the general status of the computer, a list of running programs and active connections, fully-detailed network and wifi information, a screenshot of the running desktop and — in case your laptop has an integrated webcam — a picture of the thief.

You have to create an account with Prey and enter all the necessary information. You will receive an email to activate your account and then you can log in after that.How to Recover Stolen Laptop Computer with Prey Free Software – procedure here

Download :Prey-0.3.73 | Windows, Linux, Mac OS X| Open Source

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