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  • apnc2 Oct 4, 6:14 p.m.

    I use prey on all my devices, phone computers etc. Its free for personal use and is quite good.

  • ladyblue Oct 4, 4:46 p.m.

    what a wonderful idea..

  • kenshi Oct 4, 4:09 p.m.

    goldeagle, there are other software that do similar things and have been around for a while. Snoopers are a common software along with gps enabled devices. Its not the software that courts have problems with on occasion, its how it is used and by whom.

  • brassy Oct 4, 3:37 p.m.

    "He was going to track his wife's activity!!!"
    "He probably works for Prey and set this whole thing up so as to garner new business for the company."

    I needed a good laugh today.

  • monami Oct 4, 2:19 p.m.

    Awesome!

  • goldeagle Oct 4, 1:48 p.m.

    Mike H. In the case cited in the article, the victim provided evidence sufficient for the cops to have reasonable cause to get a warrant from a judge, effect a search, and make an arrest based on the results of that search. The cops were asked to do things within the limits of what cops do.

    The courts may or may not have considered the limits of the use of the computer as a sensing device in the event it is stolen. You stole my laptop and I'm running a porn website? There was a public outcry about school laptop cameras being activated remotely.

    The article does not consider several alternate scenarios.

    1. I know who has my laptop and where it is located. My buddies and I can go get it by force and make you wish you didn't have it.

    2. Prey software has a bug in it and you activate the WRONG LAPTOP, intentionally or by design. You then go to the cops or your buddies to retrieve your computer.

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    This is not a disinterested person doing the investigation.

  • jonlandrum Oct 4, 1:23 p.m.

    This was a nice commercial.

  • The Anti Hans Oct 4, 1:16 p.m.

    goldeagle: I doubt that the courts and the police will frown on this software. They effected an arrest this week because of it; that suggests that this is a good thing.

  • goldeagle Oct 4, 1:10 p.m.

    A few issues here.

    1. Serious privacy issues. Somebody uses your laptop and installs this without your knowledge. Or did you think that this wasn't already happening worldwide.

    2. Legal issues. This software appears to give you the technical ability to enforce your own laws. Judge, jury, and executioner. Yes, it was them and they deserved it, but the cops and the courts will still frown on it.

  • romneycare Oct 4, 1:01 p.m.

    Obama prevail is cracking me up!

  • Obamacare prevails Oct 4, 12:51 p.m.

    "Now if we could only get laptops with built-in firearms....."

    If this was the case, I'd leave my computer on the American Tobacco Trail.

  • jeffnnc Oct 4, 12:08 p.m.

    And of course, nothing could ever go wrong with this tech. -Mobile Geek

    Yeah. There is a woman suing Lowjack because she unknowingly bought a stolen laptop with the software on it, and was having cybersex with her boyfriend and they were monitoring the computer and collecting info for evidence. She said it was an invasion of her privacy.

  • redapace Oct 4, 11:57 a.m.

    "Now if we could only get laptops with built-in firearms....."

    A more useful idea would be firearms with PREY software.

  • Mobile Geek Oct 4, 11:28 a.m.

    And of course, nothing could ever go wrong with this tech. :)

  • ligonmaterial23 Oct 4, 10:59 a.m.

    Got Prey on all my stuff , Hope I never need it but better safe than sorry

  • kj90 Oct 4, 10:58 a.m.

    This story is old news. I believe WRAL can find a fresh newsworthy story.

  • americaneel Oct 4, 10:52 a.m.

    He probably works for Prey and set this whole thing up so as to garner new business for the company.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Oct 4, 10:52 a.m.

    Prey, takes a picture, using the webcam...LOL! Man, that is EXCELLENT! Look at the guy's beady eyes caught on camera. LOL

  • jrfergerson Oct 4, 10:47 a.m.

    New news fellows - this is an story from a few weeks ago - maybe not on WRAL- but I read it somewhere else.

  • baracus Oct 4, 10:46 a.m.

    "More like she was going to track his. It was a gift from his wife to him. From the article "An Apple laptop, a wedding gift to Moss from his wife, was stolen.""

    She gave him the laptop, he installed software. From the article: "Then I thought, hold on, I installed this thing, this software." Not that I think he was intending to track her.

  • Viewer Oct 4, 10:45 a.m.

    Thank you for publishing this story. Nothing like educating our criminals HOW NOT TO GET CAUGHT THE NEXT TIME!
    Click to view my profile Jeff_W

    Sorry Jeff but you might want to read up on the "Lojack" concept to deter car theft. The equipment and software has been in use for a while. Expanding it to smaller items, with many variations in function and capabilities, was only a matter of time

  • pattip574 Oct 4, 10:42 a.m.

    Glad it worked for him! I just downloaded it to my Droid and my HP and the closest it gets to tracking is across town. Unfortunately, it has my laptop about 15 miles from where it actually is located. Hopefully, I never need it.

  • Felton23 Oct 4, 10:38 a.m.

    Awesome! Criminals don't pay attention, this article helps way more than hurts.

  • Ven Oct 4, 10:38 a.m.

    Looks like Johnny-boy was left in a Fogg, LOL - I bet he still said 'it wasn't me'

  • cdtech20059 Oct 4, 10:38 a.m.

    I have been using prey for a while also dynamic dns servie that relay the ip address to a server. Both Free.

  • mattcli Oct 4, 10:13 a.m.

    That's awesome. As someone who's suffered having his home burglarized in the past, I'm always happy to see worthless parasites get busted. Score one for technology.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Oct 4, 9:48 a.m.

    davidgnews - they steal enough guns every year. They don't need a laptop with it.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Oct 4, 9:46 a.m.

    Jeff_W - not like it isn't common knowledge. Never saw the Dark Knight or a rash of other movies that have come out in the last 10 years I take it.

  • Jeff_W Oct 4, 9:25 a.m.

    Thank you for publishing this story. Nothing like educating our criminals HOW NOT TO GET CAUGHT THE NEXT TIME!

  • seven74215 Oct 4, 9:19 a.m.

    Prey technology is nice. Hopefully in the future compaines who sell t.v.'s and other high tech equipment will start incorporating at least a tracking sensor chip into their equipment so that with a computer you can track down stolen merchandise. I know with phones a lot of them now have the GPS chip in them where you can track it. Probably the same with some other items as well that I'm not aware of.

  • romneycare Oct 4, 9:06 a.m.

    He was going to track his wife's activity!!!
    Click to view my profile jcb0806

    are you sure? It was a gift from her, to him.

  • jeffnnc Oct 4, 9:02 a.m.

    "He was going to track his wife's activity!!!" - jcb0806

    More like she was going to track his. It was a gift from his wife to him. From the article
    "An Apple laptop, a wedding gift to Moss from his wife, was stolen."

  • Gatsby Oct 4, 8:53 a.m.

    When they break into your home they are after some items immediately...Cash,jewelry,firearms,i-anything & laptops are quickly stuffed into pillow cases but the beauty is now they dont know if that gun case as a hidden gps or if that laptop is looking back. I know of at least one other home that just like in this story they find what they just stole is telling on them.

  • romneycare Oct 4, 8:51 a.m.

    @jcb0806, it was a gift to HIM from his WIFE... He installed it himself, on his own machine.

    Or did i read it wrong? :-(

  • jcb0806 Oct 4, 8:33 a.m.

    He was going to track his wife's activity!!!

  • davidgnews Oct 4, 8:29 a.m.

    Now if we could only get laptops with built-in firearms.....

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 8:23 a.m.

    good job.

  • ncmickey Oct 4, 8:19 a.m.

    Reads like a commercial for "Prey"

  • 12-21-12 Oct 4, 8:18 a.m.

    GOOD JOB CONGRATS ON YOUR MARRIAGE.

  • Nancy Oct 4, 8:13 a.m.

    Lowlifes beware, you ARE on camera :)

  • Raleighmomof3 Oct 4, 8:04 a.m.

    Go technology!

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