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  • apnc2 Oct 4, 2012

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

  • ladyblue Oct 4, 2012

    what a wonderful idea..

  • kenshi Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

    "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, 2012

    Awesome!

  • goldeagle Oct 4, 2012

    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.

  • IPAlover Oct 4, 2012

    This was a nice commercial.

  • Bill of Rights Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    Obama prevail is cracking me up!

  • Obamacare prevails Oct 4, 2012

    "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, 2012

    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, 2012

    "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, 2012

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

  • ligonmaterial23 Oct 4, 2012

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

  • kj90 Oct 4, 2012

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

  • americaneel Oct 4, 2012

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

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    "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, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

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

  • Ven Oct 4, 2012

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

  • cdtech20059 Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

    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.

  • Nunya123 Oct 4, 2012

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

  • Nunya123 Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

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

  • seven74215 Oct 4, 2012

    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, 2012

    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, 2012

    "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, 2012

    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, 2012

    @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, 2012

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

  • davidgnews Oct 4, 2012

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

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 2012

    good job.

  • ncmickey Oct 4, 2012

    Reads like a commercial for "Prey"

  • 12-21-12 Oct 4, 2012

    GOOD JOB CONGRATS ON YOUR MARRIAGE.

  • Nancy Oct 4, 2012

    Lowlifes beware, you ARE on camera :)

  • Raleighmomof3 Oct 4, 2012

    Go technology!

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