Now Chromebook-ready for tracking and protection

We love to say Prey is ONE ACCOUNT TO RULE THEM ALL! Well, actually, to protect and manage them all. 

Currently, we support Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Android, iOS, and macOS in terms of operating system; while device-wise, Prey is available for tablets, laptops, desktops, and mobile phones. Well, the family has grown!: Prey is now supported in 74 Chromebooks (See the list).

The Prey Chromebook Beta

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Our application can now be found on all Chromebooks that support apps from the Play Store, currently 75 devices (all stated as Stable Channel are supported). This is a Beta release with features that adjust to these devices’ capabilities. Once Prey is installed and logged in, it will activate when a user interacts with the unlocked computer.

These are functionality changes specific to the Chromebook BETA:

    • Geolocalization: Through WiFi triangulation, GPS only if available.
    • Remote Lock: Prevents the devices’ use but it can be turned off.
    • Evidence Reports: Don’t include CPU or BIOS data.
  • Remote Wipe: Not available in the beta.

The rest of Prey’s features are fully available and don’t present any changes in this Beta state.

Chromebook’s Current Potential

Chromebooks caused a huge impact in education because of three defining traits: affordability, software potential, ease of use and administration. To begin with, they can easily tackle a classroom’s laptop fleet for as low as $150 per Chromebook.

As for the software, Google’s platform is packed with educational app packages; from video design courses to reading fluency assistants. What’s more, with the new Play Store compatibility updates, Chromebook’s potential applications grow to the mobile store’s availability.

Chromebooks were designed thinking inside a classroom. Their small, handy, easy to handle and to repair. Plus Chrome OS is an intuitive, known space inspired in both Android’s and Chrome’s flow. Its flexibility allows the design of both laptop-styled devices, and hybrid ones with touchscreens.

Is your school looking to protect its Chromebook fleet? Visit our education hub and access a special pricing for schools.


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Nicolas Poggi

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.