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A stolen laptop can be a disaster for anyone. Not only do you lose an expensive gadget, but thieves can also find critical data in your laptop like bank records, passwords, and confidential documents.

We need all possible avenues to track and recover our stolen laptop. Fortunately, Prey is a free and lightweight app that finds your laptop if it gets stolen by remotely reporting the whereabouts of your laptop.

track your stolen laptop

Once installed, Prey sits silently in your system only to be activated remotely when you actually want it to run. Once active, Prey will send scheduled reports with some information to help you track the laptop such as a list of running programs, connections, wifi and network information, and a screenshot of the desktop. The app can also activate the webcam to take a photo of the thief.

track your stolen laptop

Prey forces the connection to an open wi-fi hotspot to send the information and help you locate the device. Once you sign up, you can use the Prey Control Panel to check the status online and control your laptop remotely. Of course, Prey works only if your laptop goes online.


Prey is one of the few apps that people should not mind running in the background. By adding a layer of security that Prey provides, you have a chance to recover your laptop.

track your stolen laptop


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  1. Glenn
    April 20, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Don't forget
    I'm not sure how effective it is any longer, but it is able to remove sensitive data after theft.

  2. Site Down
    March 29, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Site is down for the count. Hope nobody gets their laptop stolen in the next 24 hours. That is a piece I have issue with here, a supposedly open source project, but administered through a single VPS server, who knows if it will be around next year or even next week when your laptop is actually stolen.