Prey lets you keep track of your phone or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It's lightweight, open source software, and free for anyone to use. And it just works.
Why would you name this app 'prey'? Besides the entirely awkward implications of the name for the user, there is already a Prey game app in the app store I've bought which is the mac version of the xbox game. So you're also dealing with brand name conflict.
I previously used Orbicule's Undercover for tracking but they closed their app down because they found it pointless to continue in the wake of Apple's built in 'find my iphone' app and service. Seems like this product is fighting an uphill battle on every front. I definitely won't be using this.
Latest version (1.9.2) keeps crashing on my 10.13.6 system. Finally ripped it out and disabled the tracking. Also, 2FA login conficts with the CAPTCHA making it very difficult to login to do anything. A waste of time.
Not working well with High Sierra 13.3 on MacBook Pro (13" 2017 2xTB3 ports). Have installed and used HS patch but does not communicate with servers unless I manually connect device in web browser. V annoying - first problems I have had with this app for all the time (years) that I have been using it. I suspect some HS tweak/setting is responsible but can't track it down. Have reinstalled a number of times but without fail, 2 days later I get the msg that my MBP appears to be offline and is everything ok? I manually connect then wait 2 days for next email.
was great under Sierra, not working under HSierra despite patch etc
Been using this as a background app on my MB Air, iPhone 6s and iPad 2 Air
3 device limit for free to track where my devices are
easy to set up and accurately tracks my devices to within 20m or so all over the world as I travel. Nice options to flag a device is stolen or to lock it up (thankfully never had to use these options) but I would suggest others at least try the software - free to d/l and to use (up to 3 device limit).
other plans for extra functions but free functions do me (and I suspect most users) just fine. Recommended
I give 4 stars because it's free and it does work.
Used the "advanced" setting with my own email and web server (not the one from prey project)
I confirm this launches at boot despite some comments.
The infos you get by email are very accurate.
My negative comment is that if you fail putting valid infos using advanced setting, there is no check to see if infos are valid, so you have to manually change the config file, and OSX permissions.
I am on MacBook Pro 2011 using 10.7.2
I just tried Prey on my MacBook Pro running 10.5.8 and on a Netbook with XP SP3, neither worked properly. I tried all the troubleshooting steps and ended up with nothing but inconsistent behavior. After a week of searching and testing I've given up and uninstalled it. Hopefully I'll be able to try it again in the future when its more reliable.
Short list of issues:
- Installed fine on the Mac and verified itself, never sent any reports back when flagged as missing.
- Installed on XP, but never verified even though check mode said everything was fine. Manually ran it which allowed it to verify, but never seemed to run automatically. Reinstalled several times.
- Sometimes the XP install would screenshot the desktop, sometimes it wouldn't. Updating the module settings didn't always pass on down either.
Tried the latest version on my macbook running Snow Leopard. About 10 minutes after install and every 10 minutes the alert would come on my mac (even through prey was set to monitor every 20 minutes - go figure). The first time it locked the screen and asked for the password (good thing I caught the default password before exiting). All other times it just popped up an alert. This happened even when I did NOT mark the machine as missing. So I removed the mac from being tracked by Prey. Guess what?!? Still getting the message and alert - with the added bonus of not being able to go the the prey control panel and saying it's not missing - AGAIN. But I found a solution to this problem: I uninstalled prey and chucked the file right in the trash. By the way, the uninstall program is broken - no feedback as to whether the uninstall was a success - had to manually exit from the uninstall program also (it just sits there after clicking the uninstall button). Wait until prey hits 1.0 before using on a machine. By the way, installed on my wife's android phone - waiting for the angry call that her phone suddenly locked up on her for no reason also.
I've been using this software for a while, since there was no UI and now I can say this project has grown up, its new features are amazing, I just tested them and they work perfectly. The last wifi-location feature indicates a reasonable area where the laptop may be, although the screenshots and pictures give you a lot information to "prey".
This is one of the best "stolen laptop" software, besides it's free and open, and has very good feedback with the dev team's mailing list.
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
OHHHhh..... my bad... didn't read the developer mssg before. i've already create a new account and instal prey once again. and it's workfine.
but when i tried to turn ON the missing mode on the preyproject control panel. My laptop didn't show any alarm or show an alert message like "This is a stolen computer, and is being tracked by Prey. Please contact email@example.com to clarify the situation."
Sorry for the problems with macs on 32 bits, we're Working on it, it will be fixed asap (anyway, its just to recompile as universal) .Maybe when the one who compiled it (not me) released the new version, posted the Debug one (which is only 64 bits by default)
In the mid time, please be patient. We're aware of it ;)
Any other Critical, not so critical, feature request, etc thing please post it on our group list that you can find in our website.
why i can't instal the new prey software on my snow leopard 10.6.2 ?? the software can't login with my account(i've already double check the email and password)
and i think i've already remove the older version of prey software (i did like the FAQ page told me on http://preyproject.com/)
now my mac didn't have any anti theft software
Prey does not install on a MacBook Pro (32-bit intel). The installer on the "Universal" installer disk doesn't contain the intel binary code necessary to run on my intel-based laptop. I am not sure what the problem is, could it be that the programmer only included 64-bit intel binary code and not 32-bit code?