What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Prey and using Find My Mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by guszz, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. guszz macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    I currently have Find My Mac turned on, so I should be able to locate my computer if it is stolen. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Prey instead, or just using Find My Mac? Do you think it's worth it to get Prey?
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    i pretty sure Prey has more features like being able to take pictures of your screen and use the isight cam to take pictures of the theif
  3. sexiewasd macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    Back in Your Head
    I've paid for Prey. I've not tried Find My Mac yet but if it's like on the iPod (no gps) then it's pretty well useless if it's stolen, as the wifi location really means "probably somewhere on this city block". Prey provides that, as well as a scan of the local network it's attached to, A report of what programs are running and modified files, screenshots of the desktop, pictures from the camera (hopefully of whoever took your mac), lets you clear all passwords, hides your emails, and clear the browser cache, it lets you lock it from being used without a password, lets you send popup messages to it, and play a sound at full volume. Besides all that it also has a handy info pane that has your mac's hardware specs including the serial number, which you'll need to file a police report.

    so, to sum it all up, yea it's worth it, but keep in mind that anyone with a brain will format and reinstall before connecting to any network with internet access, and thats why I also run DeepFreeze by faronics. No combination of software will make your mac completely safe, but Prey is a pretty good start.
  4. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2011
    London, England
    Prey is free to install and test, so I have it installed and am not paying anything. If my Mac is ever stolen and FMM doesn't locate it, then I can pay up and use Prey.
  5. guszz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012

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