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. Next
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. Next
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. Next
There's two ways in which you can send Prey the activation signal and get the reports.
Recommended for most users. You monitor your devices on Prey's web Control Panel, where you can watch new reports arrive and manage specific settings, such as changing the frequency for reports and actions. You can add up to three devices for free, and can optionally upgrade to a Pro Account in case you wish to bypass this limit.
For advanced users who wish more control. In this case, reports fly directly to your inbox but you need to set up your SMTP settings, and more importantly, you must generate a valid web URL which will trigger Prey to wake up when deleted -- otherwise Prey will keep sending reports on each interval! (For more information please check our FAQ). Prev
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.
If enabled, Prey will attempt to hook onto to the nearest open WiFi hotspot when no Internet connection is found.
Prey has very few dependencies and doesn't even leave a memory footprint until activated. We care as much as you do.
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.
Grab a screenshot of the active session -- if you're lucky you may catch the guy logged into his email or Facebook account!
Hide your Outlook or Thunderbird data and optionally remove your stored passwords, so no one will be able to look into your stuff.
Fully lock down your PC, making it unusable unless a specific password is entered. The guy won't be able to do a thing!
Get a complete list of your PC's CPU, motherboard, RAM, and BIOS information. Works great when used with Active Mode.
Prey can check its current version and automagically fetch and update itself, so you don't need to manually reinstall each time.
Pro plans have arrived! Upgrade now and unlock new features
and the ability to track large numbers of devices.