Use geofencing to actively keep track of your devices

You know what’s great about Prey? That you can get into your account and see where your devices are at any given time. You know what’s not so great about Prey? That you need to do this every time you want to know if they’re safe of not. This. Ends. Today.

Introducing Geofencing

From now on you’ll be able to set areas on a map and get notifications whenever a device enters and/or leaves them, so you can make sure that all your school’s computers are at the precint, or that your employees aren’t taking company laptops home to watch Netflix (may or may not be chilling in the process). Now, instead of wasting time keeping tabs on your phones and laptops, Prey will do the job for you. You get more with less.

If you’re ever in need of knowing if one of your devices is taken into or out of a place – say, your office, your home, even your city, our new Geofencing feature is the way to go. It allows you to create personalized zones on your Prey account and get an email notification whenever one of the devices assigned to them leaves or enters the area.

This means ever greater control over your protected devices and real time notifications that will keep you updated on your devices’ whereabouts, just like the ruler of a tiny empire with super fast ninjas overseeing your territory’s borders.

Before we get into the specifics, we’d like to give you a heads up on how geofencing is currently working:

    1. Android and iOS devices only running Prey’s latest version. We’re working on extending the feature to other device types and operating systems. How useful will it be when you can even be notified if your laptop leaves your office without you noticing? In case of theft, time is gold.

  1. Available for pro users with Home plans and over. This means, users who can currently manage 10 devices or more.

You can create up to 10 different zones and the process is pretty straightforward: zones are circular areas that can be placed over the map with a pin, or type a referential address to place the marker.

Zones are customizable in terms of name, size and color.

Up to 10 devices can be added to an individual zone. To add a device, select it from the bar on the left side of the screen. If you’re a heavy user with a large amount of devices, use the search tool at the top.

Selected devices will appear at the top of the list with their name and their connection status to the Prey servers right below. As it’s always the case with Prey services, devices must be connected to the Internet to be tracked.

Last but not least, notifications can also be customized. You can select whether you want to get an email every time a device enter or leaves a zone, or both. If you select to get no email notifications on both cases, though, geofencing won’t do much good, since there’s no other way for Prey to warn you that your device is on the move.

Eager to try it? Dig in and splash that map with zones. The feature is still on beta, so we’re still smoothing out the rough edges. We can’t wait to hear your feedback so we’re always listening on Twitter, Facebook, and directly in your Prey account.

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.