||May 20, 2011
||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Linux, Android
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Publisher's Description of Prey
" Keep track of your phone, desktop or laptop at all times, and find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. "
- From Fork Ltd.
Prey lets you keep track of your phone, desktop or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It's lightweight, open source software, and free for anyone to use. And it just works.
How it works
- Silent but deadly
Basically you install a tiny agent in your PC or phone, which silently waits for a remote signal to wake up and work its magic.
This signal is sent either from the Internet or through an SMS message, and allows you to gather information regarding the device's location, hardware and network status, and optionally trigger specific actions on it
- Recover what is rightfully yours
You can quickly find out where your computer is located, who's using it, and what he's doing on it thanks to Prey's powerful reports system.
By marking your device as missing, Prey will gather all the evidence you request and send it either to your Control Panel account or directly to your mailbox, depending on the reporting method you choose.
- They can run but they can't hide
Besides gathering information, you can also trigger actions remotely such as sounding a loud alarm or showing a message which will appear onscreen - just in case you want the guy to know he's being chased at.
You can also wipe your stored passwords for security, or even lock down your PC to prevent access. In other words, you're in control.
There's two ways in which you can send Prey the activation signal and get the reports.
1. Prey + Control Panel
For most users. Monitor your devices on Prey's web Control Panel, where you can watch new reports arrive and manage specific settings.
2. Prey Standalone
More control for advanced users. Reports fly directly to your inbox but you need to set up your SMTP settings, and more importantly, generate a valid web URL which will trigger Prey to wake up when deleted.
* 100% geolocation aware
Prey uses either the device's GPS or the nearest WiFi hotspots to triangulate and grab a fix on its location. It's shockingly accurate.
* Wifi autoconnect
If enabled, Prey will attempt to hook onto to the nearest open WiFi hotspot when no Internet connection is found.
* Light as a feather
Prey has very few dependencies and doesn't even leave a memory footprint until activated. We care as much as you do.
* Know your enemy
Prey webcam module. Take a picture of the thief with your laptop's webcam so you know what he looks like and where he's hiding. Powerful evidence.
* Watch their movements
Prey screenshot feature. Grab a screenshot of the active session -- if you're lucky you may catch the guy logged into his email or Facebook account!
* Keep your data safe
Prey Secure module. Hide your Outlook or Thunderbird data and optionally remove your stored passwords, so no one will be able to look into your stuff.
* No unauthorized access
Prey Lock module. Fully lock down your PC, making it unusable unless a specific password is entered. The guy won't be able to do a thing!
* Scan your hardware
Prey hardware scan. Get a complete list of your PC's CPU, motherboard, RAM, and BIOS information. Works great when used with Active Mode.
* Full auto updater
Prey Auto update. Prey can check its current version and automatically fetch and update itself, so you don't need to manually reinstall each time.
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