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Lifehacker recently responded to a reader who wrote, "I'm concerned that I'm being monitored at work, but I'm not sure how to tell." Lifehacker agrees with you that employees "should always assume" they're being monitored at work.
As far as there being a way to tell, Lifehacker says you should look for certain third-party software..."usually referred to as remote control software or virtual network computing (VNC) software. First, the easy thing to do is to simply check in your Start Menu All Programs and check whether or not something like VNC, RealVNC, TightVNC, UltraVNC, LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc is installed. ...If any of those programs are installed, then someone can connect to your computer without you knowing it as long as the program is running in the background as a Windows service."