If you already own an iOS device, you may have heard or made use of the MobileMe features ‘Find my iPhone/iPad”. This service provides a way to find your lost or stolen iOS device via location tracking.
The developer preview of Mac OS X Lion 10.7 hasn’t activated this feature yet; it will however be coming in the final retail version. It is likely that it hasn’t been activated since it will be probably part of their next-gen MobileMe version (codenamed Castle). But there is also a free service available called Prey, which can be used on any Mac that isn’t running OS X Lion.
By installing Prey as a background application, you can keep track of your Mac when it is gone missing. You can activate the process by activating Prey via a web browser, from the moment that your stolen Mac goes online, the location will be determined, a screenshot will be made and an image will be taken with the use of the iSight camera – if it’s available.
The collected data will be automatically uploaded to the website of Prey, where it can also be viewed. This information can be very important in the process of recovering your Mac, it can also serve as evidence for the police.
You can also perform actions on the stolen Mac:
- Retrieve network information
- Remote lockdown on the hardware
- Erase all passwords
- Activate a sound alarm
Prey is a free service that should be on any Mac, installation is simple and the software uses minimal resources.