Laptop Tracking Software Prey is Free and Open Source
I’m certain that at least a few of you have been victim to a stolen laptop. With reports indicating that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds and that 12,000 laptops a week are are lost in US airports (source Fast Company), it almost seems inevitable that we will suffer from this loss.
Since these reports also indicate that only about 3% of these laptops are ever recovered, you may wonder if there is anything that can be done to help increase the odds of yours being recovered. Of course there are many laptop tracking solutions available to report on your laptop’s location. One such solution is software based Prey.
Prey is free, Open Source software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Prey works by sending your information about your laptop at scheduled intervals to an email address you configure.
Prey can also be configured to only send the information when you have determined that the laptop has been lost or stolen. You achieve this by configuring Prey to check for the existence of a URL before it sends the information (see their FAQ for more on this).
Of course, Prey requires that the laptop have an active Internet connection, so you can’t guarantee that you’ll recover the laptop, or even that Prey will report anything if it can’t get to the Internet. But as pointed by the developers of Prey, most thieves like to look around at the data on the laptop before completely wiping the hard drive, and that leaves some room for a short window for Prey to do it’s magic.
Prey is definitely worth a look.