|Initial release||March 24, 2009|
|Stable release||0.6.0 / May 8, 2013|
|Written in||Bash, Python, AppleScript, Objective-C, Node.js, Ruby|
|Operating system||Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS|
|Type||Laptop tracking software|
|License||GNU General Public License; proprietary (Prey Pro)|
Prey is a freemium Web service for tracking and monitoring laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices. A software agent is installed on the device to be tracked. It connects a host computer. The host can signal the agent, prompting it to reply with information about its current location, and can trigger various other actions.
The Prey service is owned and operated by Fork Ltd., a small software company doing business out of Hong Kong and Chile. Prey is written primarily in Bash and runs on most versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Mac OS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Much of its source code is published on GitHub and can be copied under the GNU General Public License. The server code and default Control Panel code are proprietary.
Fork Ltd. is a small private company chartered under the laws of Hong Kong. It develops and markets simple-to-use web applications. Fork was founded in 2008 by CEO Tomás Pollak and CTO Carlos Yaconi. The company operates out of Hong Kong and Chile.
The company offers three services: Prey; Tugar, a free aggregator for searching real-estate listings in Chile; and Bootic, an e-commerce platform on which order and payment data are stored and managed by Fork’s servers rather than the client’s.
The application was released for Linux and Mac OS X in March 2009 and for Microsoft Windows in April 2009. Version 0.3 was available in September 2009. Version 0.5.4 was released in December 2011; on April 4, 2012, it was replaced by 0.5.3.
Version 0.5.10 provides Wi-Fi autoconnect, data securing, screenshot grabbing, webcam image capturing, hardware scanning, screen locking, remote messaging, and sonic-alarm triggering. Each function is managed as a module that can be activated on demand.
|Some or all of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. (February 2013)|
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