According to those who keep the statistics, lost laptops are still on the rise, and phones are being stolen from pockets, purses, and right out of people's hands on the street. Who wouldn't want a way to track and recover the lost device or, as with a phone, to lock or even wipe it remotely?
Prey is an agent-based tracking tool that can be used to either wipe out the lost or stolen device, or to trigger actions so that you can recover your assets. Once a lost or stolen device is turned on, Prey can use its GPS or associated Wi-Fi hotspot to home in on the device, take pictures of the thief, and send a screenshot of the current computer screen.
Additionally, for lost phones, you can use SMS messages to trigger actions without having to log in to your Prey account via the Web. By sending an SMS to a Prey-enabled phone, you can sound the phone's alarm, send an alert to the phone's screen, take a picture, or completely wipe the device.
Prey currently supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS.
-- Victor R. Garza