[clug] Stolen Laptop/Phone Tracking Software

Jeff NotTelling smee.heee at gmail.com
Tue Dec 15 08:46:26 UTC 2015

Thanks all for the suggestions.

To answer the main question that was also asked, the Phone OS is Android.
I had not thought about the Google service, but will have a look at that.
Good to be able to wipe it etc remotely.

I've had a similar issue with a number of phones recently where the screen
is broken and need to wipe data.  The easiest was a "dumb" phone, just
count the key presses etc.  (Yes, don't ask, have never cracked a phone
screen before, this year I've managed to do 4, including old backup phones).

One thing I do like about Prey is the ability for one location (account) to
cover all devices and OS, as it does Android, Linux, OSX and Windows.

So far have not had anything stolen, however had a close call the other day
with a laptop bag on the back of the motorbike stopped at lights. Has
finally made me decide to get stuff ready prior to needing it.  (I'm not
concerned about data being stolen off the laptop, as it is encrypted, but
would like some ability to recover it etc.)

Cheers all.


On 15 December 2015 at 17:00, Lana Brindley <mail at lanabrindley.com> wrote:

> Where's My Droid is awesome, even at the free tier:
> http://wheresmydroid.com/index.html
> If you have a Garmin smartwatch (the Vivosmart or Vivosmart HR), the find
> feature on that is quite neat, too. I assume other smartwatches have a
> similar feature.
> One gotcha is to make sure your phone doesn't have a battery-saving mode
> that means it turns off services when it's asleep, though. It means when
> your phone goes missing that whatever location system you're using (Where's
> My Droid and the Android/Google device location services) won't be able to
> wake up the phone to make it ring. Learned that one the hard way.
> L
> On 15/12/15 15:46, Andrew Janke wrote:
> > OS (of phone)?
> >
> > I find the google "Device Manager" app sufficient for my needs on
> > Android devices. Not
> > quite all the features of what you've linked to, but most.
> >
> > Have used it from time to time to wipe a phone with a smashed screen
> > that still turns on but won't accept input.
> >
> > a
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 9:35 PM, Jeff NotTelling <smee.heee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> G'Day List,
> >>
> >> Anyone have any recommendations of software to setup on laptop or phone
> >> that would help locate it in the even it was stolen?
> >>
> >> I have been looking at Prey [1] but wondered if anyone on list has used
> >> this or any other software.
> >>
> >> [1] https://preyproject.com
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Jeff.
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