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Better device management with new features: advanced search and labels

So you need to keep tabs on 30, 100, 10000 different phones, laptops, and tablets? No problem. Our new advanced search and labels features will help you out with that.

November 2, 2016

So you need to keep tabs on 30, 100, 10000 different phones, laptops, and tablets? No problem. Our new advanced search and labels features make a better job than Spock and Captain Kirk at managing large fleets.

We see you. You’re a busy IT manager juggling all kinds of big and small tasks and requests which sometimes go beyond turning devices off and on again. It’s with you in mind that we decided to make and improvement to Prey that will make your job easier: say hello to our new advanced search and labels features, who are here to team up with you and help you manage large amounts of devices.

An improved interface

Pro accounts with over 30 devices on Prey shows a list view of the equipment you’re managing. That main interface just got better – we promise, we’re going to help you declutter.

But let’s take a closer look.

If you’re managing over 30 devices with Prey, that means your plate is most likely full, so labels are here to bring some sense into chaos.

If you’ve had enough Internet in your life (and if you’re reading this, we suppose you have), you’re already familiar with labels; plenty of online services use them, like that big email provider that starts with a “G” and ends with “mail”.

You can find that there are a few fixed categorizations by default that come in the left side of the screen under the name Device Attributes. These can help you select devices and view them under certain criteria: Prey client version, operating system, etc. You can automatically see how many of your devices fit into those categories and by clicking on each one, you’ll get more detailed information.

Once you click on the detailed attribute you wish to see, you’ll get a list of all the devices that fit into that category. For instance, clicking on Prey’s latest version will give you the detail of which devices are running the updated version and hence, they’re most likely protected.

Custom labels

Labels can be customized and you can create as many as you want. For example, if you’re an IT manager working for a big university, you can label devices by campus name or location. That way you can create groups of devices under any category you need.

To create a new label, select one or more devices you wish to tag and then click on the ‘Labels’ button on the top part of the screen:

Type the new label name and then hit ‘Create Label’, that will assign the tag to the device or devices you selected. You can select multiple devices to label them with the category you created.

Assigning existing tags to your devices works in a similar way. If you were to use the label ‘Computer lab’ on 10 devices, just select them, click on Labels and then click on the tag you want to categorize them under, then confirm. Removing a device from a label group can be done by selecting the device and then by clicking on the X that will appear by the label, under the device’s name.

Ah, yes. All nice and tidy and properly labeled.

Advanced search

All this, labeling will make it easier for you to search and find any device or attribute you’re looking for. Need to see all the computers that run on Windows that are in the Computer Lab that have the latest Prey version? Maybe you need to check the ones with an older Prey version to see if they need to be taken care of. We got you covered.

Take a look at our advanced search feature, on the top part of the screen, right where it says “Filter devices by”

You can search by label, device attributes, and other fixed criteria like device name and ID. Also, there’s a free search category that allows you to search for whatever keyword you might need. For instance, if want to see all the devices that are named after Boba Fett:

There you go! Labels act as a grouping feature that will help you keep tabs on your devices with more effectiveness than before. Having your devices properly tagged and grouped will make it easier for you to search for any specific categories you need to see, which means that it will be easier for you to monitor your inventory and take any action that’s necessary (for instance, an update).

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