Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1520 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 114


Topic # 84736 7-Jun-2011 12:24
Send private message

Thought this might be useful if you haven't heard about it before. I was just reading on here about someone with a lost phone, so in that situation this could be useful. Prey is an opensource anti-theft solution for phones and laptops.  Works on Android obviously.
http://preyproject.com/

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
1357 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 15


  Reply # 478497 7-Jun-2011 12:31
Send private message

Does it use up system resources in the background all the time, or does it only switch it self on when you sen the wake up sms?



1520 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 114


  Reply # 478501 7-Jun-2011 12:38
Send private message

Just installed it, so still working my way through settings etc. I think it only does it when sending it a SMS

 
 
 
 


Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478556 7-Jun-2011 14:50
Send private message

Sits in the background according to the video. Lots of complaints of it not working on the android market (ignoring the ones about uninstalling, obviously) :/

2776 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


  Reply # 478557 7-Jun-2011 14:51
Send private message

It'll be an inert process that only triggers when an SMS is received and if the SMS contains the activation code then it'll start up properly and do its thing.

Sounds pretty good, I'll have to investigate.




Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478563 7-Jun-2011 15:14
Send private message

Got mrs to text me 15mins ago... going to give it another 6. Not done anything so far.

1598 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  Reply # 478565 7-Jun-2011 15:16
Send private message

Yes, but what if (and this will most certainly happen if the phone gets stolen) the sim card gets taken out?

Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478572 7-Jun-2011 15:28
Send private message

You hope you realise it's gone before someone has a chance.

Well, activation by SMS does nothing on my phone. Activated manually thru the app and am now waiting a report...

Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478587 7-Jun-2011 15:56
Send private message

Well, I ran it for an hour, about half that time it was listed as missing (through the app as the SMS did nothing) and I recieved no reports whatsoever even thought it was set for every 10 minutes.

That was a bit of a waste of life.

2776 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 119


  Reply # 478589 7-Jun-2011 15:59
Send private message

Try lookout. It scans for malware too. Additional functionality available via the paid "pro" version.




144 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 7


  Reply # 478590 7-Jun-2011 16:01
Send private message

wavesecure.com is meant to do the same thing, I have subscribed and it seems to work

Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478596 7-Jun-2011 16:05
Send private message

I had lookout for the malware thing (unistalled to put prey on) but I'm pretty sure the missing device thing never worked in that either. It revies a text from lookout, but never establishes the connection. Must be me.

I'll just have to not lose my phone!

140 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 478598 7-Jun-2011 16:06
Send private message

codyc1515: Yes, but what if (and this will most certainly happen if the phone gets stolen) the sim card gets taken out?


There are two options called "Warn on SIM change" and "Contact to notify".  I presume (without trying it) that the contact is sent an SMS once the SIM card is changed.

140 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 478599 7-Jun-2011 16:08
Send private message

blakamin: Well, I ran it for an hour, about half that time it was listed as missing (through the app as the SMS did nothing) and I recieved no reports whatsoever even thought it was set for every 10 minutes.

That was a bit of a waste of life.


It worked for me.  I have a laptop and an HTC Desire HD attached to my account.  The phone seems to send a report very quickly (within a couple of minutes) whereas the laptop seems to take a bit longer.

250 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 478605 7-Jun-2011 16:19
Send private message

This looks interesting. However I can't even seem to the the verification email sent to my email account. Not a good start...




 

Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 478611 7-Jun-2011 16:35
Send private message

It took 10 mins for the email to come through for me.


I have found something that works after your phone is gone! "Lookout Plan B"

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28


Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16


SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15


Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51


Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44


New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.