There are lots of ways to track a missing or stolen computer, but if like me, you have many different devices of various types you may wish to give the Prey Project a look.
Prey, will track almost anything. Laptop, desktop, Android, or IOS devices are all supported. Windows phone is on the way as well, but of course if you’re reading this blog, you likely couldn’t care less about Windows Phone!
Prey can geolocate your device, so police can be notified. It can also allow you to remote lock the device, take a photo using the device cameras and much more. There is a very basic free version, as well as paid plans available.
For us Linux users, Prey is available in the repositories, but I’d suggest downloading the installer directly from their web site. This will insure the latest package.
Their web site will automatically determine the version you require, or you can choose to download for another type of machine right from the menu. IOS, Android users will be directed to the Apple or Google Play stores.
Once you download the Linux package, just double click on it to open it up in your package installer.
The first thing that will pop up will be a notice that an older version is available from the repositories.
Ignore that and then do the install.
Once installed, create your free or paid Prey account, and if the unthinkable happens, you may well be able to recover your stolen machine!