3 Reviews for Preyproject.com
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This is an amazingly useful service that will provide a previously unheard-of service if your laptop or device gets stolen - mainly, a real honest-to-goodness chance of getting it back!
Anyone who has ever had a computer, phone or tablet stolen, knows that it's normally fairly useless to call the police. Unless the thief left behind some DNA and is already listed in the registry, it's going to be almost impossible to find them....and the police will tell you this.
Enter the Prey software - once installed on your computer or device, (and it is both PC and Mac compatible) with a little bit of tweaking, you will be able to track where your computer or device is, take webcam shots of the person who is using it, view what they are viewing on the screen, (great for seeing their facebook info) and even display a message to the thief's!
In fact, their website is filled with stories of people who were able to recover their property, even out of the country!
To truly get the most out of this software, it's important to use it the correct way. That is why I would recommend thoroughly reading their documentation, and also reading the stories of how people got their property back.
While you get more functionality with a paid account, they even have a free version that will cover up to three devices. Peace of mind, at any price is worth it, but free is amazing!
I know many people who've been robbed at home, or had they're computer stolen at work, etc. It is almost pointless filing a report to police over a stolen laptop because it won't be found. But with this open source software, it will help you in situations like this. For example, you have this installed and your computer goes missing. With your mobile (or another computer) log onto the website and set the computer to stolen.
It will give you details about their physical location. If this person uses webcam - you will get screenshots also and you can see what pages on the internet they are viewing. It is a really good software and a must have for all.
This project has created a free and open source software to track down stolen laptops. I highly recommend you check it out.