How To Tell If Someone Is Using Your Computer
Your computer is incredibly personal device which store most, if not all, of your most sensitive information. Protecting that information is vital, but sometimes, the people closest to us are the ones using our computer’s without our knowledge. Think someone is using your computer without your knowledge? Here’s how to check: Check your logs Pretty
Published: Thursday, August 25th 2016
Your computer is incredibly personal device which store most, if not all, of your most sensitive information.
Protecting that information is vital, but sometimes, the people closest to us are the ones using our computer's without our knowledge.
Think someone is using your computer without your knowledge? Here's how to check:
Check your logs
Pretty much every computer keeps logs or a list of everything done on the device. Logs are also usually time stamped so you can see what tools and programs were accessed on your computer and at what time.
An easy way to find out if someone is using your computer on the sly is to put it to sleep and then check the logs to see when it was woken up.
If you see logs stating that your computer was activated while you were at work or out and about, that's a pretty good indicator that it's been used by someone else.
If you're a Mac user, look for the Console app, which allows you to view your logs.
Once you've opened it, you’ll see “All Messages,” and you scroll up to go back in time.
For Windows users, open the Event Viewer. Look for the Windows Log menu item on the right. Right click on Systems, and you’ll see all activity on your device.
Check your browser history
Deleting your browser history after doing something you shouldn't be doing is usually a smart thing, but not everyone remembers to delete their browser history or they delete EVERYTHING in the browser history instead of deleting selective sites.
You could just check your browser history on your PC or Mac or you could install something like OpenDNS which tracks all the URLs visited from your computer.
Software to use
It could be that the person snooping around on your computer is smart enough to know all the tricks to delete their browser history and logs on your computer.
If that's the case, then you might have to install software on your computer to help you keep track of what's happening while you're not there.
Revealer Keylogger for Windows and Elite Keylogger for Mac both track everything typed on your computer (including passwords).
You can also get screenshots and reports of what's happening on your device as well as remotely monitor the activity on your computer.
The best part? Both programs can remain invisible on your computer.
If all else fails, an extreme measure would be to set up a remote camera to watch over your device.
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