How can I tell if someone has been using my laptop?

cuetip

How can I check to see if someone has been using my laptop when I’ve left it unattended? It’s running Windows 7, if that helps. Thanks.

Topic: Security
Answer this Question

Answers

4 total
jimlynch
Vote Up (16)

It's not a good idea to leave your laptop unattended. You should also consider using a login password for it as well, preferably a strong one. Nobody should be using your laptop without your permission and a login/screensaver password would help prevent them from doing so in your absence.

jimlynch
Vote Up (16)

It's not a good idea to leave your laptop unattended. You should also consider using a login password for it as well, preferably a strong one. Nobody should be using your laptop without your permission and a login/screensaver password would help prevent them from doing so in your absence.

jack12
Vote Up (12)

The easiest way is to simply go to Windows Start and select Recent Items. Unless the person thought to erase recent items, you should be able to see if anyone was poking around. You can also check the recent activity on any of your browsers to see if websites that you have not accessed are in there. 

 

A more certain way is to check Windows Logs. Go to Control Panel>Admin Tool>Computer Management, then click on “Windows Logs” on the left side of the window. Choose the Security log and you can see a log of all log-on, log-off events (among other things), and you can check for activity during those times you are certain that you were not on the machine.   

Eugen Cocalea
Vote Up (11)

Install a trap on the keyboard that will close the lid of the laptop if it doesn't recognize you. If you come back and find the keyboard littered with severed fingers, someone has been using your laptop.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Apple users accessing Gmail on mobile devices could be at risk of having their data intercepted, a mobile security company said Thursday.
The source code for an impressively small but capable malware program that targets online bank accounts has been leaked, according to CSIS Security Group of Denmark.
Financial and business information was stolen from several shipping and logistics firms by sophisticated malware hiding in inventory scanners manufactured by a Chinese company.
In wake of psychological experiment, group challenges users to take a Facebook break and find out if it makes them happier.
The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack.
Police from eight countries together with several private security companies disrupted the online infrastructure used by cybercriminals to control computers infected with a malware program called Shylock.
The scope of a recent security breach at a digital certificate authority (CA) controlled by the Indian government is bigger than initially thought and also targeted domain names owned by Yahoo, in addition to several owned by Google.
Hackers increasingly target small firms as a way to get to the big guys. Here's what companies need to do to step up their game.
Microsoft has reached a settlement with domain provider No-IP to disable some of its domains, after taking control of part of its network to shut down a botnet.
More than 40 privacy, civil rights and religious groups have called on President Barack Obama's administration to provide a "full public accounting" of long-time email surveillance of prominent Muslims living in the U.S., following a news report detailing the spying by the U.S. National Security Agency and FBI.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+