In this modern age, a higher education establishment isn’t just a place for books, encyclopedias and large places for studying, but instead, a big part of their information and resources are stored in computers, servers and workstations, making the handling of these assets one of the biggest roles of the device manager.
Being an IT professional has its perks. One thing that some might agree on is that when you work in IT you’re just sitting. A lot. Doing nothing but being worried with your asset management in front of a computer. But even if your hands and eyes are busy coding or preparing a workflow, your ears are still clear. You can use them to expand professionally, have fun and learn new things while you work.
Cyber and Data Security is a hot topic nowadays. Not only is it present in our daily life, but it has started to affect other areas such as politics, international relations and even the well-being of complete companies, so being prepared should be one of the most important things to take care of this year.
You know those collars that zap dogs if they leave a certain area? Even though that is a cruel practice, there is a way you can keep a similar control of your devices. Of course you won't get zapped, but you will always know your devices are where they should be.
Having your devices secured is amazing. You can track them, manage them and even have a software like Prey tell you when your devices have been turned off for a while, or if they left a specific location, and more. So with this in mind, I thought to put together some tips on how to make the most out of Prey.
Losing a device, or worse, being robbed of one is never a good experience, and therefore we want to be with you throughout the whole process until you recover your laptop or mobile, or make sure your precious data is secured or wiped.
Do you remember back in the day when having a Motorola phone with a blue backlight and polyphonic MIDI ringtones made you the most popular kid in the block? Those were the days, just you, your phone and lots of spectators learning the wonders of this new tech called texting.
Your laptop or mobile device was just stolen. That sucks, what if there was a way to recover it? With Prey installed you would be one step closer to getting your devices back thanks to its enhanced reports system.
You’ve realized that an advanced search capacity is a must have tool to track your devices in multiple locations. Managing devices of different kinds in any institution is a challenge.
Hello 2017! Adiós 2016, a year that many wanted to leave behind. But now, a new period is starting, that will bring many opportunities, good moments in the office and also multiple challenges that you will have to be prepared for.
There are many benefits for an institution that applies a BYOD system. Reduced costs, better use of the device’s capabilities, quick use and a shorter implementation. But letting users bring their own devices makes an IT department lose its iron grip of the security and data gathering department, since they won’t have control over it anymore, opening the doors for security breaches and lack of behavioral reports.
Phishing is one of the oldest scams in the books, and with a success rate of 30%, no matter how well prepared you are and how many anti-malware software you have installed, it is you who will be the main culprit if you fall for this, putting your data security at risk.
If the Death Star's plans could be stolen by a bunch of young rebels, what about the strategic data of your educational institution? Is it safe enough?
Schools and universities are highly connected environments, every day there are hundreds, or even thousands, of students, academics and employees, walking around and using their laptops, tablets and smartphones, accessing institutional data every single minute.
X-wings, B-wings, Y-wings, managing all these different kind of battle starships was not a piece of cake for the rebel alliance when they attacked the Death Star (twice!). In the same way, managing different sort of devices in a company is a challenging job because every unit has its own specifications and requirements.
IT asset management has changed. With corporate bring your own device (BYOD) practices, data security needs advanced anti theft security and enterprise mobility solutions such as geofencing technology, to add invisible layers of access restrictions based on location.
Have you ever had trouble looking for a device among the hundreds you’re supposed to manage? Maybe you keep track of them using a notepad with all the serial numbers, or maybe you’re just able to recognize one just by looking at them, but hey, it can be done way easier, and we’re here to show you how to do It using the new features of the new Prey advanced search.
“There is no patch for careless, greedy or stupid.”
This quote was recently said by Chuck Norris. No! Just kidding! It was the former FBI computer intrusion head Don Codling to Computer Weekly. He was talking about how companies of every size deals with computer security and internal threats and how -despite all the efforts that IT asset management do to avoid attacks, data breaches, and failures- businesses should always be prepared for the human factor.
Don't worry, I get it. Reading an actual physical book is so ten years ago. Today with the technology there could even be an app for VR where a mystical elf reads you the book while you rest on a stump. But there is something about them that really helps us understand the original vision of the authors, and there are great pieces for IT Management to learn from.
This is why we have compiled our list of the ten books an IT Manager should read, in no particular order, because rankings are for very organized people and popular YouTube channels.
Remember when chat rooms were huge in the early 00s? Slack takes this concept and turns it into a very useful tool for teams, which can be improved upon using the numerous Apps and integration options available to this highly customizable experience.
IT Professionals can truly take advantage of this tool, which they’re probably already using, by adding the ones that fit their and their organization’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of five options that are bound to be useful if used properly.
Being an IT Professional has its ups and downs, and one of the main perks of being one is that you must always be informed of how your own area of work is growing and evolving. This is something that progresses along with you, and there is so much room to be explored, and because of this it is almost mandatory for a good IT Manager to be up to date on the latest trends.
Are you ready to pay a ransom for your own personal data? You better have your digital weapons prepared, because cyber attacks of this kind against mobile device security are rapidly growing. The
2016 Internet Security Threat Report, developed by Symantec, stands that ransomware has increased 35% in the last year, and now it isn’t only attacking PCs but also smartphones, Mac and Linux systems.
Nearly 97% of U.S. college students have a cellphone, and 79% own a laptop. That’s a lot, right? Problem is that both devices are a very attractive loot for campus thieves - 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the United States in 2013 - and who’s responsible for computer security in educational institutions? Yeah, you, the IT avenger.
Releasing Control Zones some time ago was a big deal for us and our users. Finally, a geofencing feature for Prey was seeing the light: it was now possible for our users to create zones in the map in their Prey account and get notified each time a device left or entered an area. All fine and dandy, for iOS and Android.
Laptop thefts on campus are one big headache for IT guys. But what if your university has multiple campuses in town? A bigger headache!
In the United States, the Department of Education says this headache is "the most common crime on college campuses," according to Consumer Reports.
Choose the right answer: BYOD is...
a) An excellent idea. Why I didn’t come up with that? I could get a bonus.
b) Crap. Did a meteorite hit your head?
c) What the hell is BYOD?
Since the “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy started to be widely implemented in educational institutions in the United States, lovers and haters of this solution have been raising their voices to determine if this really means a deep improvement for education and campus safety.
Let’s take a look at the most common pros and cons about it. Let the fight begins!
You're in charge of corporate device management, and your laptop security software shows that there's nothing more you can do with those stolen protected devices. You’ve made up your mind and realize that, even though you tracked the location of the company device, it is physically impossible to retrieve them.
Open source laptop tracking, mobile management systems, enterprise mobility solutions… you name it. By the year 2020, IT asset management will be completely different from today, and your average IT manager’s job description will be completely different.
Device management in schools is no longer just about PC tracking after a computer theft. Schools who are looking for the best recovery software must also consider issues like device and laptop data recovery, and use their information to help the police.
Anti theft security is not just about protecting your laptop or mobile phone, but the sensitive information that they store. As a CEO or CIO, you're not only concerned about mobile tracking devices. The value of a security software also lies in protecting your data. The cost of your device is nothing, but data recovery is everything. The fruit of your company’s labor is priceless and precious…
Big news, guys. We’re enabling a two-step verification option for all of our users, an extra layer of security that’s getting more common and necessary day by day. Meaning: if you want to, you’ll be required a verification access code apart from your regular password to access your Prey account.
So you need to keep tabs on 30, 100, 10000 different phones, laptops, and tablets? No problem. Our new advanced search and labels features make a better job than Spock and Captain Kirk at managing large fleets.
You know what’s great about Prey? That you can get into your account and see where your devices are at any given time. You know what’s not so great about Prey? That you need to do this every time you want to know if they’re safe of not. This. Ends. Today.
If you’re familiar with the use of Prey, you probably already know about the way our reporting feature works. Once you set your device as missing on your Prey account, report generation is triggered. As of that moment, Prey will gather information about your device and send detailed reports during the time the phone, laptop or tablet remains missing. New users need to know that this is a vital part of the way Prey works, and what makes reports meaningful and effective is that these are generally the key piece of evidence requested by police if you should ever need to retrieve your missing device.
On Sunday, July 19th, 2015, Prey experienced an incident that lasted well into Monday 20th, effectively suspending all of our services and keeping users from being able to log into their accounts. We alerted our users on Sunday through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and we were able to detail the status of the issue in two separate blog posts that explained how everything unraveled the next day.
We’re super glad and relieved to say that Prey is finally back from the dead. As you may have noticed, our service was down for several hours due to issues with our hosting provider. It was merely an administrative problem that took us too long to resolve, and we truly apologize for all the inconveniences it may have caused. We’re still analyzing how and why the issue happened - it was a big one, but we learn from our mistakes.
Hi, the Prey Team here. So you probably already noticed our service is currently down, which means there’s no way to access your Prey account - therefore, you’ll be unable to use any of the features Prey normally provides.
Last week we talked extensively about the dangers of daring to retrieve a stolen device all by yourself. There are many… even deadly ones. No phone or laptop—or whatever’s in them—is worth risking your life. Our final advice: please go to the police. If your devices are ever stolen, report them to the authorities.
We’ve been recently hearing a lot about the potential dangers of using a tracking app to locate a stolen phone, tablet or laptop and going straight to the thief’s lair to retrieve it all by yourself.
Unexpectedly good support. You put big companies to shame.
— David, United States.
You probably know Prey as a world-class anti-theft application that helps you track and recover your lost or stolen electronic devices. That's our product, after all, so you'd be 100% right. What you probably don't know about us is how satisfied our customers are that they chose Prey as their security solution, and how we do to make them so. Here's the first of several blog entries telling about our company's inner workings: How we nailed customer satisfaction making it one of our core values.
We know that sinking feeling of desperation that comes with losing a smartphone or a laptop - it’s not just about the money, it’s about so much more.
Although Prey Anti-Theft is an app intended to recover lost and stolen phones and laptops, a chilean businessman got creative — and used it to recover sacks of stolen produce.
Times have changed, and so has Prey.
For some time now we've been working on a completely new and stronger agent for laptops, and it's finally ready for battle. Starting today, we will begin the upgrade process for all devices belonging to free accounts that aren't currently reported missing. This rollout upgrades the Prey agent to its latest version, which greatly improves device location and responsiveness, and also lays out the foundation for some of the new features we've been working on.
If you're old enough to have seen the moment when Prey, the Prey Project, was born, you might remember that our logo used to be a realistic condor: a massive vulture native to the Andes mountains, that can grow up to two meters wide with its wings fully open. Basically a huge terrifying beast.
What you probably don't know is that the original condor logo was the product of a one-minute Google search for something like "big threatening bird that is about to eat something that is also big", and a following two-minute "convert bitmap to path" command on Inkscape using the first or second entry for that search.
Those were the days.
Some months later we got to run Prey on a phone for the first time, using a G2 Android that we were lucky enough to get at the I/0 conference in 2009. (Oh yes, young ones. There was a time when you could actually get into Google's event just by buying a ticket). Then we realized that we needed a squarish icon, and that our current horizontal big logo wouldn't fly for that purpose, so we had to figure something out.
You may have heard that a new, fully rewritten and awesome desktop client is in the works, and you heard right. But that doesn't mean the existing one will disappear overnight. We plan to keep on supporting it until the new one is solid as Frodo's mithril armor, and this is a good way to prove it.
We've recently pushed an update that includes a quite a few things, but most notably a bugfix that handles an edge case that prevents Prey from determining your laptop's location. It occurs when the number of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots is so immensely long that not even Zeus has enough time nor the willpower to fully read it.
To see what else is in the menu, keep on reading. If just you can't wait, well, then just head directly for the kitchen. 0.6.3 will be waiting for you. All users are recommended to update -- which includes you, of course.
The whole internet was affected by a major security vulnerability, known as Heartbleed. It was disclosed yesterday, so you might already know about the bug, which allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software, the technology used to encrypt most of the internet, including us.
Pro Users: Did you lose your company's device, with all your customers' data on it? Don't worry. The latest version of Prey for Android now can wipe your device clean, in case you need to protect that sensitive information. Just a click on your Prey account will effectively reset the device to factory defaults, securing your company's secrets.
Sometime during the past few years the old saying "pics or it didn't happen" mutated into "YouTube video or you don't exist," or something like it. That's precisely why we decided to bring life to our YouTube channel,
to prove our existence to show you what we're into, to answer your questions, and also to share with you all our media appearances.
Surprisingly enough, we didn't have many YouTube videos, tutorials, or anything. It wasn't because we're lazy, we promise! It was just that we wanted to do something really, really good, and we couldn't find the time. But videos are finally here, and they're here to stay. They're simple, they're honest, and (we hope), they're useful. Enjoy!
Some things are better off controlled remotely.
You know, like giant robots, Solid Snake's Nikita missiles, or even cockroaches. Since we really like robots (but not as much cockroaches), starting from today, you can also control your Android device using SMS commands. And honoring Solid Snake, from now on you can also hide Prey's icon at will with a simple call, effectively infiltrating any thief's defenses.
We just pushed the update to Google Play, so you should be getting it during the next few hours. It basically gives you full remote control over your mobile skipping the need of logging to the Prey Control Panel.
Warning: this post is geeky as hell. However, it's written in a way that you'll still enjoy reading it, even if you know less about computers than my grandma.
Well, to be honest my grandma actually blogged regularly and was able to fix her internet connection on her own -- but anyway, you get the point.
So, a couple of months ago we pushed a release candidate for the new evented, asynchronous, ruthless client that will replace the one we have in production right now (more details here). This, however, is not a mere rewrite: it's a whole new beast.
I wanted to give a deeper insight to some of the new concepts behind this upcoming new Prey client for Mac, Windows and Linux lappies. I won't dive into boring details like versioning strategy or API design, but instead focus on the decisions we made to make this beast smarter and more reliable to protect our babies.
So here you go. The road to Prey 1.0.
Our dear client for the Google platform got updated during the past few weeks, and we haven't even talked about it! If Prey is installed on your Android device, then you're most likely running the latest version, but did you know what's knew? Keep reading to learn more.
When we first thought about this contest we never imagined how many people would apply. We got tons of emails from all over the world, from China to Iceland, showing how Prey can protect devices we never knew about. Last year we had Fernanda's story on how to protect a bicycle from theft, but now it was so much creativity that it was too difficult to choose. You won't believe how many geek things can run Prey!
Since we know you're dying to know who the winners are we'll make it quick. Just keep reading.
We want an OUYA here at the office. It's an awesome device, powerful enough to run lots of great native games, and can also run emulators. It's small, practical, beautiful, and runs Android. And as the geeks we are, we had the following conversation:
—Wait a second... Android? Google Play and all?
—Not exactly, but you can still install apps.
—I bet it would run Prey.
And well, we bet it would.
We're going to show you how to enable guest accounts on Windows and Mac OS X so that you can protect your devices from identity theft, or from it just getting stolen.
If your laptop is ever stolen, there's a very high chance the guy will turn it on and try to use it, either to see if there's anything of interest to him, or maybe just to surf the good 'ol internets for a while -- which is when Prey is meant to kick in.
But what happens if your computer is password protected and he's unable to?
Even though Prey works even if no user is logged in, it's hard to imagine someone staring at the login box for more than a minute, after trying the usual "123456" and "password" combinations.
In other words, chances of recovery are drastically reduced when there's no way for these guys to use your computer, at least for a while.
That's why creating a dummy guest account is so important for Prey to work its magic. Guest accounts have been woefully overlooked as merely an account for guests, but as you see, having one is a pretty good idea, just as protecting your documents with an account password.
Plus, if someone logs into a guest account in your lappy, he or she won't be able to mess with your stuff or remove applications, because guest accounts are unprivileged and restricted to a tiny sandbox.
Here's how to achieve it.
According to our database, about 20% of Prey's recovered devices were found in the hands of people who had bought them online. The most frequent sites used for these activities turned out to be EBay and Craigslist. It is important to emphasize that none of these sites condone the trading of stolen devices, and because of this reason, they have implemented their own rules and regulations to put an end to the commercialization of misappropriated electronics. Nevertheless, thieves still manage to bypass them, leaving users at their mercy.
We don't want you to become one of the victims and we are sure you don't want that either. So, we have gathered an assortment of advice for you to take into account when buying used devices from online classifieds.
According to Jiwire, there are around 823,314 free and paid Wifi hotspots in the world. There are 135,758 in the United States alone, meaning there's a pretty good chance you have used at least one of these hotspots at a hotel, the subway station, the nearest Starbucks or even the bus, yet, not many people are aware of the vulnerabilities they expose themselves to while using these hotspots, which include stolen social network, banking and e-mail information to name but a few.
But, don't panic.
The Prey Team is here to help you with your device's safety and so we present you 7 tips to take into account when using Wi-Fi hotspots.
As most iOS users know, it is extremely easy to uninstall apps in your iDevice. Just press an app icon long enough until it starts to shake uncontrollably and a little x will appear on the corner. Press it and the app is gone as quick as a bunny. But, have you ever asked yourself if there was a way to make uninstalling your favorite anti-theft software, a.k.a. Prey, less easy in iOS? Well, we have and we found a way. It is very easy and I will show how.
Our hard-working coding gnomes have just confirmed the build of a new version of Prey for iOS. They haven't slept for a while, but thanks to them, version 0.6.1 was successfully pushed to the AppStore. This new version should fix the known issue of pink pictures on iPhone 5, and will also support the higher screen resolution on iPads, both for portrait and landscape mode.
There are also the usual bug fixes, performance improvements, and all that nerdy stuff we all like. So, keep reading to learn all the juicy details about this still-hot new Prey for iPhones and iPads.
Cellphone theft has been rising quite considerably. So much so that the chances of getting your device snatched is becoming a scarily common occurrence. In London, 314 phones are stolen everyday, which is 70% of all the personals taken. In San Francisco, 40% of all the robberies in 2012 were of cellphones. This is no wonder when we take into account that carrying a smartphone, the majority of phones stolen, is akin to carrying $300+ in one tiny piece of equipment and that there is plenty of black market for such products in the world.
So, here are some pointers to protect yourself and your phone from criminals (gathered personally by the security gnomes from Prey Labs):
Nobody is off limits when it comes to laptop theft. We use these portable devices for a myriad of things: to take notes at school (or randomly browse the internet at a boring lecture), for work, to store our important files, music, memories, and more. Sadly, no matter how much time or money we invest securing them, the chances of your laptop getting stolen are there, and according to your lifestyle, they can vary quite significantly.
Every new cell phone looks so much more amazing than your current one, and you're probably thinking about getting one of them soon. But what about your current device? It still works great, and it's not even two years old. Are you sure you want to make the switch? If you're going for it anyway, please don't throw your old phone away like it was garbage. You can always sell it, recycle it, or give it away, and every one of these alternatives is much more environment-friendly, and energy-efficient than the trash can. But be careful, because your phone definitely stores private, and you wouldn't want it to be found by others.
If you're planning on buying a new phone anyway, keep reading to learn how to safely get rid of your old one.
Every service on the web will ask you for your email address, even when you're creating a new email account. An email is always a backup plan for times when you can't remember your password, or you can't access your account; and since that's the simplest way to confirm your identity, almost every site will do that. But what if someone hacks, and successfully hijacks your email account? With the current authentication services, a hacker could take over your whole online identity, including every site you care about.
But we don't want that to happen, so follow these simple tips to transform your email address in the stronghold you need to keep your online identity safe and sound.
IFTTT stands for If this, then that. It's a super cool website that claims to help you put the internet to work for you. It lets you create connections between 59 different web services using statements like the one above, for free, and it's so simple that anyone could use it. You choose the ingredients and then make your recipes, which you can share with the world if they make you proud. And if you're not in the creative mood, you can browse more than 50,000 public recipes available discovering some interesting stuff.
We get lots of questions from people that find about Prey only after their devices go missing, and we hate to tell them we can't help them. So we decided to gather a few tips that may help locate a missing device without any anti-theft protection. There's always hope!
We're still celebrating the world didn't end last year, and to show you how happy we are, here's our first 2013 present for you: Prey for Android now takes pictures of whoever steals your device. From now on, it doesn't matter anymore if your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone gets stolen—as long as there's a built-in camera on your device, you'll see the bad guys' faces.
But that's not all the news! Prey for Android got much more handsome, it also features an Uninstallation Lock, and now gathers hardware information to help you identify your lost device in case it gets found. Some bugs were also fixed.
Everyone knows it -- iOS is a very restrictive platform, and doesn't make it easy to build an app like Prey. After releasing our iPhone and iPad client, we explained how we managed to make Prey work on it, despite the restrictions imposed by the Cupertino guys.
We then decided to release On-Demand for all users to reduce battery consumption and to simplify activation on mobiles. But still, many questions have arised about how this affects activation and why, on some cases, reports simply don't work.
So we thought it was a good time to wrap up all this content, and make a brief guide with all what you need to know about Prey for iOS.
So you're all excited about your gorgeous, brand-new phone. What is it? An Android, iPhone, Blackberry or a Windows Phone? No matter what OS, vendor or carrier that you bought it from, there are things you should definitely do if you want to protect and keep your new device clean.
A few days ago we pushed version 0.5.9, which is a big jump from good-old 0.5.3. While this new client includes a ton of new things, the most important being the fix for the geolocation issue (aka. "no map on reports"), plus duplicate device detection, full SSL support with certificate verification, support for OS X's network auto-connect, a better configurator for Linux and improved offline actions. Whew!
You can find and download the new client from our downloads section. For those of you interested in the small print, here's the full changelog.
Good news everyone! You can now use Prey On-Demand on your iPhone, iPad or your Android phone or tablet whether you have a Pro account or not. This means more juice for your iPhone and iPad, and more love for Android tablet owners.
Keep on reading if you don't know what the hell we're talking about.
Last friday we were invited to a special event in Chile's Presidential Palace. The man in charge, Sebastián Piñera -- aka. the President -- along with the Minister of Economy, Pablo Longueira, granted three awards to companies considered outstanding from a poll of over fifteen hundred.
Turns out we were one of them.
Piñera -- whom you might recall from the famous episode of the miners being rescued -- gave us an award for being the most innovative company of the year.
Yup, that's right! Keep on reading if you want to see the team shaking hands with the big guy.
As you might have seen, we get lots of recovery stories from our users. They tell us how their stuff got stolen and how they got it back, and in some cases, how they managed to do this even from a different country.
So we decided to do a small research and list the top five places where laptops get stolen, according to the hundreds of stories we've received so far. This might reduce the chance of your laptop from being stolen, so go grab a cup of coffee and read this carefully.
We're extremely happy to hear that every day Prey helps hundreds of people around the world recover their stolen property by providing the information needed to get them back. A few weeks ago, though, we heard about Fernanda, a Brazilian enthusiast who uses an old Android phone running Prey to keep her new electrical bicycle safe.
Yup, that's right mister.
She claims that there's not a single insurance company interested in insuring her bike in Brazil, so she developed her own security system without any help. If you want to learn how she managed to solve her problem, keep on reading.
Aloha! We just pushed a new set of updates for the Control Panel that we think are worth mentioning. They won't change your life but hopefully they will make it easier. Can you spot the difference between the previous version and what's at the top?
Keep on reading for the answers.
Passwords and data leaks are so common nowadays that you can't be sure about what site was last hacked. In the last couple of months, users from big companies such as Last.fm, Linkedin, Yahoo!, Blizzard Entertainment and even Sony got hacked and their personal data exposed.
A Last.fm password hack doesn't seem particularly harmful but the truth is that most people use the same login/password for every site they have an account on. That means if someone got your password in Last.fm, they've possibly got your Gmail and PayPal passwords, and use your information for an identity theft and account hijack.
Here are a few tips to make your digital life a bit safer.
It's been a while since we last updated our Android client so it was time to put our elves -- I mean, our team -- back into Android action. We recently pushed a big juicy update that includes a complete revamp of the UI, some security enhancements, and yes, Camouflage Mode.
Right now you have two options: you take the blue pill, and head on to Google Play and install or update Prey on your phone or tablet. You take the red pill, you stay on our blog and keep reading, and we show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
As you know, our mission is to make the best anti-theft solution out there (in other words, achieve world domination). And that requires people! We haven't written much about the team behind Prey so we though it was time to show some of the faces of the people in charge of the battlestation.
Meet the newest members of the Prey team!
You're planning to attend the London Olympics. Great! London is a beautiful city, full of life and places to visit. While it's not a particularly dangerous place to travel to, it's important you take some precautions just in case. Keep on reading for a few tips for your safety during the Games.
As you know, recovering your stolen laptop or tablet is all about getting the right information on time, and of course, keeping a record of it. Chances are that if you ever lose sight of yours, it will probably happen while away from home -- in a café, on the bus, on top the Empire State, who knows. Thing is, you need a quick way to trigger Prey into sending the device's location while on the run. And that's one of the things we've been working on.
Just dropping a quick note to let you know about some updates regarding security and performance and awesomeness that we've made to the Control Panel.
Until now, only the login and signup forms pointed to HTTPS endpoints -- the rest of the site using plain HTTP. This was, in part, due to some of the assets being hosted on a non SSL-enabled domain, which caused browsers to complain about "insecure content".
Almost every day we get emails asking for tips on what to do after installing Prey. So we figured, given that our software is usually installed on new devices, why not share a few other tips as well?
So here's our list!
UPDATE APR, 2012: At last! After a long wait, Prey is now back on the App store.
As you know, a couple of months ago we released a new client for the iOS platform. Exciting moment it was. The following weeks we got lots of feedback -- both good and bad, some of it very constructive -- and the app was also featured on a number of respectful tech sites on the Internext.
So everything was going just fine and dandy until one day the app suddenly dissapeared from the phase of the App Store without giving any trace. What the --?
Well here's what happened.
We pushed a new release containing a number of fixes and UI improvements and Apple not only rejected the update but unanimously decided to take the whole app down. Funnily, though, the app was rejected for stuff that hadn't even changed from version one.
We thought this would be a quick process -- which is why we didn't blog about this until now -- but it's already been more than a month so we though it would be good to give everyone the full scoop on what's going on.
Months ago, when we began drawing sketches, trying to imagine what the iPhone client for Prey would look like, well it sure looked easy-peasy. It really did. But when we actually put our hands into it, we bumped into a number of things we had to sort out to make Prey work the way we wanted to, and of course, without breaking any of Apple's rules. So it took longer than expected but the work is now done, and the wait finally over.
Prey is now available for iPhones and iPads at the App Store. Open source, for free, tested and ready to kick some burglar butt. Check it out.
Hey everyone, glad to be posting once again over here. It's been a while since I hit the "New Post" button on this blog, and god it feels good. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up on what we've been up to these last few months.
Good news Ubuntu users! If you already upgraded to Ubuntu Natty Narwhal (11.04) then you'll be able to install Prey directly from Ubuntu's official package repositories. We've been working side by side with the Debian devs so now you'll be able to find Prey in Ubuntu's Software Center or get it by opening up a terminal and typing the famous one-liner:
$ sudo apt-get install prey
The package is listed on Ubuntu's universe repository so be sure to enable it through Synaptic it (Settings > Repositories > check Community-maintained Open Source software) if you want to use it.
Now, there's a few differences between the official Prey version and the one bundled in Debian and Ubuntu. Keep on reading!
0.5.2 is out! A while ago we pushed this release update which includes a couple of security enhancements, lots of code cleanups and a small fix for On-Demand mode, as some people were having trouble switching back to On-Interval after going to stand-by mode. Lets take a deeper look at the changelog:
We've been getting lots of questions regarding our new release for Android, so we though it'd be better to write them all down on a post. As you know, 0.5 for Android included a couple of new features, and that's mainly because we're using some of the new stuff Google's been packing in the Android OS.
This means that some of the new features from 0.5 won't work on phones using Android prior to 2.2. Initially we thought it'd be better to remove support for older phones altogether -- as you wouldn't get the real deal --, but your requests have once again made us change our minds: Prey 0.5 will run on older phones as well. We just pushed an update that lets 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 and 2.1 Android users download and update Prey from the Market as usual.
Ok, now that everyone's on board, let's head on to the good part!
Today is a good day for Prey users.
As you all know, one of the biggest differences between the PC and the Android version of Prey is about the way it's activated. On PCs, Prey wakes up every X minutes and asks the server whether it should send a report or perform any actions. On Android phones, however, Prey doesn't need to check as you can "push" that activation signal by sending an SMS message from another phone. In other words, while on phones you can locate your phone the very instant you want to, on PCs there's always a lag that you need to wait for.
Turns out today we're putting and end to that.
Prey 0.5 boasts a new "On Demand" mode which lets you request a report and trigger actions instantly from the Control Panel, even faster that you can say crack-a-lackin'. No kidding.
When we launched Pro accounts, we included a new feature called Active Mode which lets you keep track of each of your laptop/desktop check-ins. It's pretty useful. It lets you know when was the last time your PCs pinged the server, so you can know if they're actually where they should be or not. Active Mode is automatically enabled on Pro accounts which means you only need to log into the Control Panel and take a look at the timestamps.
The only problems is that logging in is not automatic. And that's not good.
In order to be truly useful, Active Mode should work on its own, without you needing to log in every time just to check if everything's in place. And that's exactly what we've done: we've redesigned the whole notifications system on Prey's Control Panel to make it easier for you maintain. You can manage everything in one place and forget about checking in personally: Prey will simply keep you posted whenever something happens.
Take a look.
About a year a half a little GPL laptop tracker was born. It was called Prey and it didn't even work in Windows. Six months later, the Control Panel was launched, and some weeks later the first mobile client appeared. During this time, more than 800 commits from around about 20 developers were made, and there's already support for all major OS's, while new ones are on their way.
We've received some good attention on the media and nearly two million reports have already been gathered and sent to the Control Panel. The number of registered devices nearly tripled in the last five months, passing the 100.000 mark, and we've already needed to upgrade our servers exactly seven times. It's really been a hell-of-a-ride and we're more than amazed with the way things have unfolded.
Today we're giving a new step towards making Prey not only better but also bigger.
We've been thinking about this for a long, long time, and we finally realized that you guys were right. There should be an easy way to track more than three devices with Prey. Yes, it's time to get serious and to do things right. We're launching today Pro accounts for the Control Panel, not only to help us cover the server costs an to invest in more infrastructure, but to insure a continuous development flow in order to keep making Prey what we all want. That is:
It's been over a year since we launched the Control Panel and it was about time we made some changes. During the past months we've been noticing which things work and which needed to be looked at, thanks to the constant feedback we've received from you guys.
So, first of all, thanks everyone!
Here's a brief list of changes we've made to the Prey Control Panel, which hopefully will make it easier for you to manage Prey and keep an eye on what's going on with your stuff.
Here we go.
The latest and greatest of Prey is packed and ready to go. Codenamed "Solid Snake", version 0.4 features two new modules, a lot of fixes and enhancements and some important code optimizations. If you wish to know how to update you can scroll to the bottom. Otherwise lets cut to the chase and see what's new!
Did you know we're one of the 25 finalist startups that were chosen to present at The Next Web 2010 conference in Europe? Hell we are! Thanks to an invitation from our good friends at Maestros del Web, we were able to get a spot on the main stage at this year's event in Amsterdam.
We told you this had been some crazy weeks! Well, we're happy to start off this new year with the announcement of the first mobile version of Prey. That's right: Prey now works in Android phones, thanks to the amazing work of Carlos.
We've been a bit silent lately, and that's not because we've been cruising the Cayman's or riding with Santa. The truth is we've been working like monkeys on Prey, and now the time has come to begin unveiling what's been done under the hood.
This time it's the Control Panel's turn. We've heard all of your requests and that's why we decided to take a while and polish all the rough edges, to add new features and thus make it easier for you to manage Prey and track your computers for when the time comes.
'Nuff said. Let's start from, well, from the beginning, shall we?
After a lot of testing we're glad to announce a new release of Prey, version 0.3.3, which will hopefully fix all the problems some Windows users were having with the reports in the Control Panel. There have been lots of changes (just look at the number of commits!), but the most important changes are:
It's been some exciting weeks since the release of Prey 0.3. We've received a ton of feedback and new ideas, and more developers are joining the team and making contributions to make Prey even better.
One of the biggest requests we had in our suggestion box was to develop a way to toggle the missing state of your laptop in an easier way. Lets face it -- maybe you and me know what a URL is, but there's no way your sister or your mom will.
So basically our idea was to build a one-click way of activating Prey remotely, something simple yet useful, and not only for experienced hackers but to everyone.
So as we say in Chile, "pusimos manos a la obra", and not only did we accomplish our task but we decided to go a bit further.
Hey everyone! We're glad to announce the arrival of Prey version 0.3, which comes in with lots of stuff under the hood.
In general we can say a huge amount of code was rewritten for this version, mainly to make Prey a modular piece of software. This allows us to have more control over Prey, we can detect and correct bugs much faster, and best of all, it allows more developers to start playing and developing pluggable modules to Prey to make it even better!