Prey Project: Increase your chances of recovering your stolen laptop

prey-vertical-smallLast night, I gave a ride to two volleyball teammates while returning from our match (we lost 1-3, grrr). J told me that his laptop had recently been stolen. I hate hearing these kinds of stories, because it’s too late, but there is something helpful to say for the replacement computer…

Prey Project is something I’ve written about before but it bears repeating and spreading the word.

It’s a free service that helps you gather information *after* your computer has been stolen. As soon as you think it’s gone, you log into your account on their website and mark it as stolen. When next the computer is used, the software will take pictures of the user with the webcam, will geo-locate the computer, will collect the names of nearby wireless networks, will log any documents or websites that are accessed and send you the information.

With this you can go to the police or the insurance company, and at least they have some information to go on.

If you have a laptop (also works for desktops!), then do yourself a favor and install this. It’s worth the time.


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An American with a German son living in Geneva with a new Boxer-Labrador puppy name Xoë. I can be found on Facebook (kicking and screaming!), Google Plus (crickets), (I'm Zonker), and Ask me anything IT related. I'm sure I'll have something useful to say.

One response to “Prey Project: Increase your chances of recovering your stolen laptop”

  1. brett rossi says :

    Is it fine if I tweet about this posting?

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