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Install Prey Anti-theft Software Now and Help Recover your Devices Later

 

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A free anti-theft software program that I recommend all tablet, smartphone, and laptop users set up right now is Prey. Prey helps you recover your device in the in event it gets stolen, provided you set it up in advance. You can install it on up to 3 devices per account. If your device is stolen (or lost), you can log into your account via the Prey website, and enable tracking. It will start collecting reports about its location and take pictures from the cameras. You can then provide these reports to the police to help recover your device. The software is open source meaning the public can inspect the source code and see what it does, meaning, there are unlikely to be any shenanigans on the part of Prey. Premium plans exist if you want to add more devices or log more than 10 reports, which can be purchased in the event your device is stolen for a nominal fee. After installing it, I recommend testing it out by listing your device as missing so it will start collecting reports. On laptops, you should have a guest account activated. That way, a thief can log onto your computer and connect it to the internet, sending its location, screenshots and webcam pictures of themselves using your computer. The Prey anti-theft software is also useful for helping you locate your device if you misplaced it, by sounding an alarm.

Read more and download Prey anti-theft software for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, IOS at https://preyproject.com/

Please contact me if you would like help setting this up on your devices.

Here is what a sample report looks like after I temporarily set the device as missing.  The Prey Project site’s formatting looks a bit nicer; this was a quick copy and paste to give you an idea.  I was on the Metro Green Line at the time in Minneapolis, where it was cold and I was wearing my balaclava.  Hopefully, your thief would not be, but this illustrates why you would want to upgrade services for logging more than 10 reports.  Doing so increases your odds of getting more location data points and more useful pictures of the thief.

Sample Report

OWNER Aaron Lewis
DEVICE MODEL LGE Nexus 4
REPORT DATE 2015-01-30 01:37:33 UTC
MISSING SINCE2015-01-29 18:45:30 UTC

LOCATION

Minneapolis anti-theft report

Near 509 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Minnesota, United States

PRIMARY CAMERA

thief test

HARDWARE INFORMATION

PROCESSOR
1.512 GHzARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
MEMORY
1835MB
SERIAL_NUMBER
1234567890
UUID
1234567890
BIOS_VENDOR
LGE

NETWORK INFORMATION

PUBLIC_IP
32.160.xx.xx