Hardware information

The Prey client scans your devices’ hardware and keeps tabs on it in the Hardware Information section of the Device View. There, you can see detailed information about the device’s hardware modules, such as the motherboard, the CPU, the installed RAM modules, all the network interfaces, and general information about the system; and any change in this information will be properly updated automatically.

For Windows devices, the Hardware Information section is called Hardware and Encryption information. You’ll find the same information as you would on any other device, but with the addition of your encryption and recovery keys if your devices’ hard drive is encrypted with BitLocker. This data is synced automatically every 8 hours, so all of your encryption information will be up to date. Keep in mind that if the disk has been locked, Prey will not be able to access the encryption information.

When reinstalling Prey on a device that had been previously added to your panel, but never removed, the client will compare the hardware information with the stored information in your panel. If there’s a match, then the same slot will be used - that way, you don’t have to do busywork removing devices after reinstallation and using up your slots with duplicated devices. You can always toggle this option off in the Settings menu, under Device Management.

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