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We have in our arsenal, our own spyware software we can secretly hide on our devices so that in the event that someone steals or gains unauthorised access to our devices, we can actually track the thief’s location, what they’re doing on the device and snap photos / videos of them for evidencing purposes.

The important thing here is that we either recover our device (using tracking) or we are able to remotely wipe the device.

Which Tracking App?

When you’re buying any form of tracker you need to be aware how it tracks. Any product that uses Bluetooth technology to locate it will be useless as Bluetooth signal range is limited to 10-50 metres. Useless for anything but a house-key type locator.

We want products that locate our devices using either WiFi-Positioning or ideally GPS (Global Positioning System). WiFi-Positioning locates devices whenever it connects to the internet. GPS locators constantly send location information to satellites in space, like mobile phones. For our purposes WiFi Positioning should be sufficient because the vast majority of thieves will turn the device on to use it. If however you want to have a bullet-proof locator, then purchase a product that uses GPS as the primary method of data connection. The best products for me are;

1) Prey (All Platforms) – it’s the one that I use as it has a great user interface, does everything you’d expect and uses WiFi-Positioning. Most importantly it allows you to remotely wipe your device, transmits location information, can send secret photos of the thief back to you every 8mins, screenshots of the thief’s activity on your device which will likely, sooner or later (via social media accounts, webchats, etc.) reveal the thief’s identity and it also uses a keylogger, so you’ll be able see exactly what the thief types. (£47 for 3 devices, £140 for a household of 10 devices).
2) Lookout Personal (All Platforms) – also uses WiFi-Positioning and has similar capabilities to Prey, just a slightly clunkier user interface. (Free)

Reminder: for those who aren't familiar with me, I do not have any commercial relationship with any third party products. I recommend products based on merit only.

A Few Considerations...

It’s great having something like Prey on my laptop or mobile but there are two potential issues;

  • If a thief sees the prey app (and they know what they're doing) they'll just delete it or factory reset the device. Although I think most will be your low-level common thief who won’t have a scooby what Prey is and most likely won’t even check. Solution? You can hide it. There are many ways to hide apps on your home screen, just google it. For example, for iPhone users using empty nested folders in a certain way can completely hide apps.
  • Does Prey (and other similar) apps not need to be turned on/connected to WiFi or the network in order to work? Yes but again, you’d be surprised that most thief’s don’t know the steps they need to take to covertly and securely wipe a device for use once it’s stolen. They often use them personally before they are sold on. But yes, for the thief’s out there who are savvy of apps like these then you may want a GPS based tracking mechanism, something like Trax below.

If you do want that added level of protection, there are the following GPS based locators available...

GPS Based Trackers

Trax Play – coin sized GPS tracker that you can attach to anything (e.g. luggage, car, handbag, pets, wallet, phone, drones, laptop, camera, kids’ rucksacks, etc.). You use your mobile to locate the associated object and can even setup ‘geofences’ which notify you when the tracker has gone outside a predefined area. Trax Play is the best all-rounder, especially for kids or gadgets (£89.99). For GPS you need to pay for the data connection (much like a monthly phone contract) so expect a small monthly connection fee.

Some other options are presented below that are tailored for specific uses;

Amcrest AM-GL300 GPS Tracker – best for luggage (£69.99).
Vectu Portable Vehicle Tracker – best for vehicles (£79.99).
ZIMINGU Tractive – best for pets (£35.99).
LightBug – slightly bigger than the Trax Play but certainly worth a mention here as this little bad boy is powered via two small solar panels. So, if you’ve had a tracker but found the battery life is too short or you have a gadget that will require long battery periods without charging, then Lightbug may well be a viable option for you ($130).

Top Tip: take a photo of the internal contents of your wallet so if it gets stolen or lost you know exactly what cards you need to cancel. Try not to carry around ID cards (passport, driver’s license, etc.) in your wallet unless absolutely necessary. Having these ID cards stolen is a key way criminals steal our identities.

I hope you found this useful.

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