What's New

Improved protection for laptops, Prey version 1.4.1

Laptop anti theft softwareSay hello to our latest updates and improvements! Yes, we’re excited to tell you about the things we’ve been working on, but we’re more excited about you experiencing them all by yourself.

Laptop users, these are for you. Let’s get it on, shall we?

  1. Native Windows geolocation. New generation operating systems can report your location by themselves, just like your smartphone. Catching up to this modern times, and with improving your device protection in mind, we developed a native geolocation feature for Windows that boosts the precision of your device’s location information. The sight of the hawk is sharper than ever for Windows 8 and newer.

  1. Persistent actions. This improvement impacts the way your account communicates with the client and how the commands you send remain active even after blocking or restarting the device. None of your orders will be forgotten, master.

  1. Goodbye, “blink bug” on disabled cameras. Prey does have a few glitches we’re working on. For instance, the webcam light used to blink even when you requested the program not to take any pictures. Even that tiny light could have alerted the thief that something was going on. That’s—happily—not a problem any more. Rest assured that no more webcam light blinking will occur without your consent.

  1. So about the webcam… and command persistence. If you selected not to take pictures from your account, the instruction won’t be forgotten even after restarting or blocking the device. No ‘cheese’ required, unless you say otherwise.

Get all the shiny new stuff we’ve got for you. Log into your account and make sure that your devices are running on Prey’s latest version. It’s easy to see: below the device icon and the OS information, you’ll find Prey’s version in bold, proud characters.

Currently your laptop should read Prey: 1.4.1.  We’re on version 1.3.1 for mobiles.


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Not updated yet? Set up automatic updates for your Windows, Mac, and Linux devices by clicking on your account’s settings, and then on Device management section. Once there just toggle this option:

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Once you’re done, you’ll get the improved protection we’ve been working hard on delivering, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. We’ll keep the good stuff coming.

Nicolas Poggi

Nicolas Poggi is the head of mobile research at Prey, Inc., provider of the open source Prey Anti-Theft software protecting eight million mobile devices. Nic’s work explores technology innovations within the mobile marketplace, and their impact upon security. Nic also serves as Prey’s communications manager, overseeing the company’s brand and content creation. Nic is a technology and contemporary culture journalist and author, and before joining Prey held positions as head of indie coverage at TheGameFanatics, and as FM radio host and interviewer at IndieAir.