by Nicolas Poggi 1, Feb, 2018
Full story below!
My laptop was stolen from my home, it came online 2 weeks later and my remote desktop software showed that it was online.
I researched the command line install, transferred the msi file over remotely and installed prey remotely.
They did notice that I had access to the computer and terminated my remote capabilities but did not remove Prey.
I worked with my assigned officer to let him know when the laptop was online and where it was (no battery on the laptop, always needed AC power).
We were able to determine the person's name, email address, and address via screenshots over the course of 3 weeks. The WiFi location was not accurate enough to be 100% certain of the house.
The tipping point was a screenshot of google maps directions from the thief's house where they entered their exact address.
I let the officer know and had my laptop back that same day.
Key factors that allowed this:
Content Manager at Prey with a degree in Journalism at TEA&DEPORTEA. Career in creative writing, plus cultural and technological online outlets. Tech Savvy in the making.
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