Prey: Simple yet powerful application for tracking stolen computers

As Joshua Kaufman recently demonstrated with his “This Guy Has My MacBook” Tumblr site, stolen laptop recovery tools like Hidden really do work. It was even covered in the tech section on CNN.com.

While Hidden is a proprietary Mac app, Prey is an open source, multi-platform alternative. Available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and even Android, Prey lies dormant, waiting for a signal to activate itself and phone home with your device’s latest location, screen captures, and snapshots from your laptop’s buit-in camera.

UPDATE: If you’re not completely sold on Prey, check out this Storify of Sean Power tracking down his stolen laptop Man tracks stolen laptop hundreds of miles away, calls thief - storify.com

If your organization needs to track more than three devices, Prey now offers pro plans, with higher limits as well as advanced features such as:

  • hardware scans and change notifications
  • increased updated frequency up to 2-minute intervals
  • SSL encryption of data
  • automated deployments to devices

Best of all, since Prey is open source, you have a chance to contribute.

[Source on GitHub]

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