Advice about Hacking / Keystrokes

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  1. kri macrumors newbie

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    I know very little about computers , but I believe someone has hacked into my computer , or was told the keystrokes are being recorded. I have followed an earlier post and called up the Activity Monitor. But I don't know what I should be looking for.
    Under user name my name appears on some lines and so do the following on other lines;
    root
    usbmuxd
    window server

    could someone give me a little advice as to what I should look for?
    Not to sound too stupid but can you use simple language :D
    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What makes you think you've been hacked? Having your Mac hacked is an extremely rare occurrence. It's highly unlikely.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    If you let Activity Monitor let you SHOW ALL PROCESSES, sort by PROCESS NAME and print via CMD+P and SAVE AS PDF and attach it to your next post. If the size of the PDF is too big, compress it via Finder and right clicking on the PDF.

    Was that understandable?
     
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  5. kri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hacking

    Someone is incredible malicious and a control freak, and has a computer whizz as a friend....could go on but its boring.
    Think I have added the attachment of the activity monitor.
    thanks:)
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's really not necessary, and is a rather extreme approach when we haven't even determined if there's reason to believe a hacking occurred. It's more likely something simple, that the OP isn't familiar with.
    What symptoms have you seen on your system that lead you to believe you've been hacked? Also, most "computer whizzes" aren't.
    Where? It's not in the thread.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    The following talks about images, but the same rules apply for PDFs.
     
  8. kri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hacking

    It was too big so zipped it now, but its not that clear that its attached?
     

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  9. kri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hacking

    Its not what I've seen its the information that someone else has, which they wouldn't know about unless they had access to passwords.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    People can get information by hacking your email or social networking accounts, which don't involve your computer at all. This is far more likely the case. Change your passwords and make sure they are complex enough that they're difficult to guess. The only way they can access your computer is if you let them.

    I don't see anything suspicious on your Activity Monitor listing. However, I do recommend you uninstall Sophos AntiVirus. You don't need antivirus software to protect your Mac, and if you choose to run one anyway, choose something other than Sophos, as it can actually increase your Mac's vulnerability. ClamXav is a better alternative, if you insist on running antivirus. There has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
     
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  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes. Read my last post.
     
  13. kri thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is what they have done, accessed email and f**ebook accounts. But also other sides which they didn't know i was involved in? I am not being paranoid its just that I constantly live with this fear that what I do isn't secure. No one has physical access to my computer anymore, but I just wanted to rule out that my computer hadn't previously been interfered with. I guess to contradict my self it is a little paranoid. But I would just like to rule it out. I asked in the apple store if they could check it and they said it was extremely hard to find out!
     
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  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You haven't been hacked. Period. It's quite common for someone to hack an email account, then use that account to gain access to all the sites where you registered, using that email address. That process doesn't depend on your computer at all. It wouldn't matter if you had a Mac or Windows PC or no computer at all. It's all done via email and web access. Like I said before, change all your passwords and make them tough and you'll be fine.
     
  16. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Do you use a wireless network to access the internet?

    If yes, is it secured using WPA2 with a strong password?

    If no, can these shady individuals access the wireless network? Whether that be because they live close enough to you or from a car parked on the street.

    If they can access your network, your problem will not go away until you secure your wireless network. What is happening to you can be done using a packet sniffer. Making sure that you use an encrypted connection to websites with logins, such as Facebook, will also help mitigate the problem.

    Check out the links in my sig for more detailed information.
     

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