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Introducing Control Zones: Know Where Your Devices Are, Always.

Control Zones

 

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.

Control Zones, our new geofencing feature, allows you to know exactly where your devices are at any given time without raising a finger. It’s as easy as it sounds and a one-step process: 1. Create zones in your Prey account and activate notifications. 2. Get notified whenever your devices leave or enter the areas you’ve created. Boom.

Maybe you’re a business owner who needs to control a fleet of several mobile devices without the fuss of logging in and checking on them constantly (seriously, who can keep up with that?). Control Zones is the way to go since you’ll get automatically notified whenever your devices are on the move.
Now, instead of wasting time keeping tabs on your smartphones, Prey will do the job for you.

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, Control Zones is the answer. 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 Control Zones is currently working:

  • 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.
  • Available for ALL USERS. Yes, free plan owners, we’re looking at you ;)

You can create 1 zone for free users up to unlimited zones for Pro accounts, 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, and you can add as many devices as you have in your account.

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. We can’t wait to hear your feedback so we’re always listening on Twitter and Facebook.

How Prey Anti-Theft Helped Farmer Recover Stolen Goods

Although Prey Anti-Theft is an app intended to recover lost and stolen phones and laptops, a chilean businessman got creative — and used it to recover sacks of stolen produce.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/desperdigados/

When chilean businessman and land-owner realized his sacks of rose hip production were being stolen, he decided to get creative to prevent from being robbed again.

This is where Prey Anti-Theft comes in — really expanding the meaning of that “Anti-Theft” on our title.

 It only took a cheap but trustworthy smartphone that would host Prey and boom! A low cost tracking device was born, ready to protect the land owner’s sacks of rose hip.

The businessman downloaded Prey into a low cost smartphone and hid it inside one of the sacks, waiting for them to be stolen. As predicted, the thieves took the sacks, not knowing that Prey was already tracking their location and that the police and land owner were onto them.

He immediately set the phone to missing mode, and with the chilean police by his side, he started tracking the device’s -and the rose hip’s- whereabouts.

Lo and behold, Prey worked its magic: sending reports, pictures, locking the device and revealing the thieves’ exact location. This allowed the businessman and the Police to locate the stolen goods.

“Prey sent us a signal that revealed the device was in a forest near the warehouse. We tracked it down and that’s when we saw people riding a cart who immediately fled when they saw us, leaving behind the sacks they were trying to steal.”

Actually, installing Prey on a low cost device is a great idea to use as a tracking source for any property: keeping a charged cellphone hidden in your car, for instance, could be a smart way to protect it.

Check out some low-cost but reliable smartphones like LG L20, Samsung Pocket and Alcatel One Touch C1.

We want to hear from you— what are other creative uses of Prey you can think of? (like our friend Fernanda, who needed to protect her bike)

 

Source: LUN

Lost+Found: Case V9RH – Android Phone recovered in Santiago, Chile

Stolen Android Phone Recovered in Santiago de Chile thanks to Prey

  • Location: Santiago, Chile.
  • Date Lost: January 8th, 2015.
  • Date Recovered: January 8th, 2015.
  • Theft: Ripped bag.
  • Missing items:  Android Phone.
  • Police reaction: I couldn’t find any policeman.
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: Immediately, as soon as I could figure out how to read the reports.
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: It wasn’t necessary.
  • Final thoughts: I feel relieved, extremely happy, fearless and smart.

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Lost+Found: Case 7X3Y – Lost HTC One recovered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Location: United States.
  • Date Lost: January 17th, 2015.
  • Date Recovered: January 20th, 2015.
  • Theft: Left at the airport.
  • Missing items: HTC One.
  • Police reaction: Didn’t contact them.
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: Immediately after locking the phone remotely.
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: It wasn’t necessary.
  • Final thoughts: I feel frantic, hopeful and blessed.

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Lost+Found: Case XYZ1 – Stolen LG Nexus 4 recovered in Viña del Mar, Chile

Stolen Nexus 4 recovered in Chile thanks to Prey

What happens when a Prey employee gets his phone stolen?

TL;DR: Thieves get their asses kicked and the device is recovered in three hours.

Before we start, I want you to know that I’m one of the guys in charge of writing the awesome user-submitted recovery stories you read weekly on our blog. That fact could make you doubt every word I say, but please understand that this is a real story. We’re not making this up to show that Prey works, because we all know how well it does. There’s a police record involved for this case and a cause still under investigation here in Chile.

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Lost+Found: Case 28ZZ – Stolen LG Android phone recovered in Chiloé, Chile

Solen LG Android phone recoverd in Chile thanks to Prey

  • Location: Chonchi, Chiloé. Chile.
  • Date Lost: August 21st, 2014.
  • Date Recovered: September 24th, 2014.
  • Theft: On a bus station.
  • Missing items: LG Android phone.
  • Police reaction: They started looking for it.
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: One week
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: Two weeks
  • Final thoughts: It was amazing!

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Lost+Found: Case GFH5 – Lost Android phone recovered in Majorca

Stolen Android phone recovered in Majorca, Spain

  • Location: Majorca, Spain
  • Date Lost: September 13th, 2014.
  • Date Recovered: September 13th, 2014.
  • Theft: Left in restaurant
  • Missing items: HTC Android phone
  • Police reaction: Didn’t notify
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: 10 minutes
  • Final thoughts: It is great to confirm where the phone was and to be able to lock it remotely because I didn’t have a lock on. Thanks prey!

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Lost+Found: Case Z2OK – Stolen Android phone recovered in Tijuana, Mexico

Stolen Android phone recovered thanks to Prey Anti Theft

  • Location: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Date Stolen: May 9th, 2014
  • Date Recovered: May 10th, 2014
  • Theft: Stolen out of jacket
  • Missing items: HTC One
  • Police reaction: “Get in the car, let’s go get it!”
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: A few hours
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: About 30 minutes
  • Final thoughts: Amazing. Ecstatic

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Lost+Found: Case JNF7 – Stolen phone recovered in Santiago, Chile

Stolen Android phone recovered in Santiago, Chile

  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Date Stolen: January 13th, 2014
  • Date Recovered: February 25th, 2014
  • Theft: In the train
  • Missing items: LG G2
  • Police reaction: That Prey was exactly what they needed to recover my phone
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: 5 minutes
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: 2 weeks
  • Final thoughts: A great relief and excitement to give a lesson to people who buy stolen goods

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Lost+Found: Case NYED – Stolen Android phone recovered in New York, NY

Stolen Android phone recovered in New York

  • Location: Portland, Oregon. USA
  • Date Stolen: February 12th, 2014
  • Date Recovered: February 13th, 2014
  • Theft: Lost the device
  • Missing items: Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Police reaction: Didn’t notify
  • Time it took for first report to arrive: 3 minutes
  • Once received, time it took for police to recover it: Not applicable
  • Final thoughts:  Overjoyed

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