PreyProject – Track and Recover Stolen Laptop, Smartphone, iPhones, Macbook etc

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How to recover a stolen laptop computer or smartphone? If no tracking software was installed before the theft occurred, chances are you will not be able to track it. If you are reading this article and yet to install any tracking software on your laptop or devices, try PreyProject. It is a free tracking software for Ubuntu Linux, Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows, Google Android and more.

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This page allows you to manage your device's settings as well as Prey's. If your device ever gets out of sight, you'll need to quickly return here and mark it as missing. This way Prey will begin to work its magic. You can also activate different modules and check if there are new reports to be seen.

PreyProject is an open source software under the GPLv3 license, it helps you to locate your missing or stolen laptop by sending timed reports with detailed information such as the status of the computer, list of running programs, network details, Wifi information, screenshot of the desktop and a picture of the thief via your laptop integrated webcam.

Prey uses a remote activation system which means the program sits silently in your computer until you actually want it to run. If so, it gathers all the information and sends it to your Prey web control panel or directly to your mailbox. Features:

  • Wifi auto connect – Prey will attempt to connect to a Wifi to send the necessary information.
  • Powerful report system – Will take a screenshot of the desktop or a picture of the thief via the built in webcam.
  • Messaging/alert system – Send a message which will appear on the screen together with a loud alarm to the thief.
  • Webcam image capturing – Capture images of the theft silently using the secondary camera.
  • Screenshot grabbing – Capture screen shot, this enables you to find out which website he or she is visiting, such as his facebook page.
  • Data securing, hardware scanning, screen locking, remote messaging, and sonic-alarm triggering.
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Select the data to be gathered by Prey on each report. This doesn't have any effect unless the device is marked as missing.

Choose the actions you wish to perform remotely on your device. They will run whether it is set as missing or not.

As shown in the screenshot above, Prey web control panel is the new feature found in version 0.3. This allows you to control your computer via the web control panel, to activate or deactivate different modules in Prey, and also to configure certain things remotely as you see fit.

Lost+Found: Stolen Android phone recovered in Tijuana, Mexico


Seven other guys and I had gone down to Tijuana for the weekend. They had decided they would only wear suits for the entire three days. On the second night they walked into a club with a beach volleyball court in the center surrounded by picnic tables.

Naturally they had to get it going. After a few rallies I had to take my jacket off to get more competitive. I laid it on a picnic table and didn’t think twice about it. Had a bunch to drink, danced, played some volleyball.

The Cost of Stolen Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets

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    I found this program on google.
    Seems to work pretty good and is free, but is windows only and lacks some features that paid programs have.

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    liuxiaoqing [ Reply ]

    Good share,Attractive enough for me,thanks for your kind share, laptop tracking software can help you track you stolen laptop or mobile,I have to tell you that it will be your best choice.

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    do not download! contains spyware and other international phishing plugins. beware!!!

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      slpoirot [ Reply ]

      R U refering to John’s note re Laptop Locator, or to Prey?
      I was interested in testing Prey, but not sure if your caution should stop my curiosity

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    rizuan [ Reply ]

    my question is my laptop when open explore and mozila firefox there missing imej like open google but no imej of google, what happen? but when i use google crome have a imej.

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    RICHMOND [ Reply ]

    my after the windows7 64bit had corrupted i had not been able to the same windows764bit to make it function can i get the windows764bit for loptop

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    nice. i like :3
    specially the part that its free :D

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    Sally hi!
    If you can read,read sources from prey…no spy.

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    Josiah [ Reply ]

    My 3 month lenovo laptop have been stolen.Could someone assist with information regarding recovery of my device.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      If you did not install PreyProject prior being stolen, there is nothing you can do. It is as good as gone.

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