Video: Locate a stolen laptop with Prey

Bill Detwiler shows you how the free Prey application can help you track down and recover a stolen laptop.

TR Dojo: Locate a stolen laptop with Prey

IT departments use techniques like encryption and remote wiping to protect data stored on laptops. While these methods may prevent the data from being compromised, they don't help locate the actual machine. A free program called Prey might. During this episode of TR Dojo, I'll show you what Prey can and can't do.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...