Track your mobile phone and notebook devices

Do you have sensible data on your devices? In my case, I have all sensible data stored encrypted in the cloud (I’ll post about this soon). However, my smartphone and laptop are signed into my Google Account which gives a thief much power over my personal data.

If my devices are stolen by a not-so-smart thief there is the chance that I can track or at least lock them down with the open-source software “prey”. Here are the installation notes for Ubuntu 18.04 (16.04, 17.10) as the installation is not straight forward.

The prey source code is open-source. Check it if you don’t trust anyone to track your moves.

How to install prey on Ubuntu 18.04

Download and install prey

Using apt install prey  installs an old version of prey. After installing it manually there is no “prey” program visible to be started. Thus, follow:

  • download the deb installer from the project page
  • double-click to install the deb-package
  • execute the following command to configure prey

sudo /usr/lib/prey/versions/*/bin/prey config gui       # replace * with the version

How to use prey

Check on their project side, if your device is connected. Play around. That’s it.

Old versions:

How to install prey on Ubuntu 16.04/17.10

Using apt install prey  installs a really old version of prey. If you download the software from the project page and double-click the deb-package, the configuration GUI did not work for me.

This method did work, remember to insert the newest version before you run it:

# REPLACE_WITH_VERSION => replace twice, e.g. with 1.7.2

sudo dpkg -i prey_*_amd64.deb

Now sign into your prey account (which you can create on the project site):

sudo /usr/lib/prey/versions/*/bin/prey config account setup # terminal based setup

Check on their project side, if your device is connected. That’s it.

Simple instructions to use PGP on Ubuntu

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