You don’t have to be careless to lose your laptop, but that doesn’t mean you should just accept the fact that your machine is gone forever. Prey helps recover your stolen devices by enabling you to track and control them remotely, and make them unusable to anyone who’s got them. Prey helps you keep an eye on the perpetrator, and how they’re using your machine and collate all kinds of information that will come in handy when you report the theft to the authorities.
Prey installs an agent on your device that runs in the background and periodically sends an HTTP request to check in with its online headquarters whether it should gather information and perform any action, or stay asleep. When you lose a device, you mark it as such on Prey’s dashboard and the device then starts collecting data to help you track it down.