My computer was recently stolen from a hotel in Ohio. The family and I were driving back and forth to Indiana from NYC and sometime during our moving out of the Fairfield Inn we’d stopped in, our computer disappeared. We complained to the hotel management, who interviewed all their housekeepers and came up empty. We stopped short of reporting it to the cops, under the assumptions that we didn’t want to add more time to our already lengthy trip and that there was no way we’d ever get it back. I bit the bullet and spent a hefty amount on a new Macbook.
Before it was stolen, I’d installed PREY on the computer. And two days ago, PREY sent me an email saying that someone connected to the internet with my computer. PREY surreptitiously turned on the computer camera and sent me a picture of the new user, a screenshot of the desktop, and a ton of their data. The upper right hand corner of the screenshot gave the wifi name, which was RonanMaloney88 (name changed), and the username was also RonanMaloney88. I searched the internet for a Ronan Maloney in Ohio and got only one result that came with a home address and an age: 26. A 26-year-old would have been born in 1988, hence the 88 in his username. I called the cops in that Ohio town. They tracked the dude down at a new address and sent a car to his house, where they found him and his girlfriend. His girlfriend had worked at Fairfield Inn as a housekeeper and immediately confessed to stealing the computer.
My computer is currently sitting in evidence at the Belmont Sheriff’s office.
A bunch of people offered to help me out and lent some technical expertise to the cause. THANK YOU Noah Forman and Alex Khurgin.
Most of all, thanks to Deputy Weekley and also to Preyproject.com, for which this tumblr post is essentially an advertisement. INSTALL PREY ON YOUR LAPTOP.
Also, between having my laptop stolen and finding used children’s underwear in the couch cushions, not a ringing endorsement for the Fairfield Inn of St. Clairsville, OH.