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How to track somebody's computer ?

Volodymyr Levytskyi
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Hello!

I want to know if somebody from his computer can see what I do on my own computer.

I want to know if somebody can take a video or snapshots of all I did on my computer. I myself suspect this from my friends-developers .

What kind of software can do this and how to detect if it is installed on my comp?

Thank you!


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Ulf Dittmer
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Depends on the OS; on Windows and OS X the built-in ones are are called "Remote Desktop". I'm sure there are 3rd party products as well.


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Volodymyr Levytskyi
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Thanks for reply!

I meant how to detect if somebody tracks my comp Windows7.

I don't want to to track somebody's comp! My question was wrong.

How can I see if somebody tracks my comp via 'Remote Desktop'?

One more question is how to get IP of sender from his email - [ UD: removed email address ] ?
How to get IP of sender from email like gmail.com or hotmail?
Ulf Dittmer
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I meant how to detect if somebody tracks my comp Windows7.

Not sure, it's possible that that is logged somewhere. If you have admin rights to your computer you should have no problems turning remote access off, though.

How to get IP of sender from email like gmail.com or hotmail?

You can't. Emails don't carry that information, and -barring a court order- email providers (who have it) won't give it to you.
Volodymyr Levytskyi
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Thanks Ulf!

I turned off Remote access as described here.

Can someone track my comp via skype?

Can I see IP of person who calls me via skype?
Ulf Dittmer
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Can someone track my comp via skype?

Define "tracking".

Can I see IP of person who calls me via skype?

No. Earlier you said you didn't want to track other people - what's your obsession with getting their IP addresses, then?
Volodymyr Levytskyi
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By 'tracking' I mean somebody takes screenshots of my screen and logs keystrokes when I type password for instance.


I want to know who tries to spy on me. I want to know their location. I asked about skype because people(who told they were employers) forced me to install it.
Finally I received no job from them.

I don't ask how to spy, I ask how to find out who spies and how. I only suppose that skype is tool to spy on me.
Volodymyr Levytskyi
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It isn't for fun. I have real money on my odesk account and don't want someone to steal them.

Thanks!
Ulf Dittmer
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I only suppose that skype is tool to spy on me.

Frankly, that seems a bit paranoid - Skype is not a monitoring tool. (Unless, of course, you suspect that you're dealing with Microsoft or some 3-letter agency; in that case all bets are off.)
Martin Vajsar
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When someone uses Remote desktop to log on to your computer, first of all, he needs to provide credentials for an account which has permission to do so on your machine, and secondly, you'll notice, because your session will get locked. I'm not aware that it would be possible to use Remote Desktop to see what you're doing on your system. There's also Remote Assistance, which (I assume - I haven't ever used it) is similar but doesn't lock out the session, as its whole purpose is to let someone else see what you're doing or control your computer remotely while you see it.

I use TeamViewer regularly which, I assume, does it similarly to Remote Assistance. In TeamViewer, you'll notice that someone has joined remotely your session, as a window informing you about it appears on the desktop. I assume all legit remote access application do so, exactly so that they won't get misused.

Malicious applications, on the other hand, surely won't inform you. And in Windows, an application doesn't need admin privileges to be able to take a snapshot of the screen. If you cannot trust your coworkers not to install malicious software on your office computer, then I'd suggest not to use sensitive applications on it. And definitely move to two factor authentications for all important applications (at the very lest, e-banking as well as email - hijacking someone's email is often enough for an identity theft).

Regarding Skype, it has been demonstrated to harvest URLs, usernames and passwords sent via its chat system, at least since Microsoft acquired it. But if you don't use it to send sensitive information, I wouldn't be too afraid of it. If it contained malicious software, someone would already notice - Microsoft is under close public scrutiny (otherwise its password harvesting wouldn't become known).
Rajat K Gupta
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In case you are using Dynamic IP, then its quite difficult.
Reboot your system.
In case of windows, start the Task Manager and have a look at the running processes. It can give your some idea which all softwares are running state.
In case of malicious activity try to kill the process but at your own risk.
 
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