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    More consumers are purchasing laptops for personal and business use. Unfortunately, the number of stolen laptops has increased with this rise in laptop purchases. Most consumers do not plan for the possibility of being robbed, and lose a significant amount of personal and sensitive data as a result. The police never find many of these stolen computers. The open source Prey Project provides both free and low cost options for retrieving a stolen computer and supports the Windows, Linux, and OS X operating systems (OSs). Other commercially based stolen laptop tracking applications work similar to Prey, but just cost more money on a monthly subscription basis.

    How to Track a Stolen Laptop with Prey Project

    Step 1 – Create a guest account on the computer to encourage the laptop thief to use the computer.

    Step 2 – On computers running the Windows OS, select the “Start” menu, click “Control Panel,” then choose the menu option to “Add a new user” in Windows 7 in order to do this.

    Step 3 – Leave the password blank for the new user or make it a simple one such as “password” with a login of “guest.”

    Step 4 – Download the free Prey application on the computer from the Prey Project website.

    Step 5 – After the download is complete, double click the installer and choose the default menu options to complete the installation.

    Step 6 – Select the “Configure Prey Now” menu option after the installation concludes. Choose the “Online Control Panel” or set up the program in stand alone mode.

    Step 7 – Create a Prey account and then tell the application to automatically connect to WiFi hotspots to aid in reports being collected and sent in the event of laptop theft.

    Step 8 – Test the Prey installation by logging into the control panel from another computer.

    Step 9 – Toggle the “missing” icon on the control panel in order to trigger the application to send reports the next time the stolen laptop is connected to the Internet. The free version of Prey only keeps 10 reports online at a time, which provides geo-location and networking information for the police. The application also tracks the programs the thief uses on the computer, any web cam activity, and images that can be given to the police to help track down the stolen laptop.




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    1. Leeman Ahmed

      14 March, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      why using prey ?? why not try LockItTight which is better i must say in every manner. better features, more reliable, better support and most importantly less intrusive. this one is hell of a application way to much beneficial

    2. Yuva kishore

      15 July, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I lost my dell laptop.i didn’t installed any software of protection .then how can i find? Please reply. Sl.no:F7972N1

      • Daniel Memetic

        23 July, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I believe in that case you’re stuck with the old fashioned way. If you have a serial number for the laptop you can report the theft to the police along with the number. It probably helps if you can recall and report the circumstances of the theft (where did you last see it, who was around etc.) to make it a little bit easier to recover it, though it will still be hard without any antitheft measures.

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