Being Spyed on -- Need Help!!

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  1. newyorkmac macrumors newbie

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    I am pretty new to using a mac. Got a macbook running Leopard. I know for a fact my computer was being spyed on. It was at least when i was on the same network with the person, not sure if they are able to do it off of the network too?

    Where should I look on the laptop for signs of this? How can I stop it from happening next time I'm on the network again with this person? What should I be looking for? Anything?

    Please help!!!!!!!
     
  2. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    ummm did you steal this macbook? lol:p
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    What makes you believe that someone is spying on you by way of your MacBook?
     
  4. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    hmmm...How do you know you were being spied on?
     
  5. newyorkmac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    was just doin' some surfin' the web and a conversation came up basically mirroring what I had done on the web. More than once, definitely not a coincidence. There's a lot more to the story, but trust me when I tell you there's something weird going on and it is definitely by way of my macbook. I am not totally computer illiterate but, I'm not very mac-literate yet.

    I'm not sure why, but, I think something with the Dropbox folder might be in play? Not sure at all though. I'm really pretty much 100% sure this person was able to see, or at least track, what I did on my macbook while on their network.

    Possibly just a router configuration, but the conversation happened literally seconds after I searched some stuff. Not sure how person was able to do it that quick.
     
  6. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    It's probably something setup between the wireless router and the internet device, seeing as most wireless only encrypts to the base station, not all the way into the internet. You won't be monitored while you're off their network but it is possible to see which websites are being requested.
     
  7. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Check your Sharing Prefs and see if you have "screen sharing" turned on. Another person might be able to connect to yours (if they have your username and password) through VNC and watch what you are doing.

    This is "just a shot in the dark" but may be feasible if they are on the same network as your Mac.
     
  8. PcBgone macrumors 6502

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    You werent being spied on. Who's ever network your using simply has a log from the router requesting whatever website anyone on the network is requesting. I had the same log on my linksys and use it to monitor what my kids are viewing.

    Is it spying? Not really as they are monitoring THEIR network. If you dont like it, dont use their network.
     
  9. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    I usually wrap tin foil around my head and computer whenever I suspect someone is spying on me. In fact, I haven't changed my tin foil underwear in about a month. Spies are persistent I wish you the best of luck.
     
  10. wilmor42 macrumors regular

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    when u say: 'Theres alot more to the story' does that mean that u were caught browsing porn sites and need to find a way around it.. ?
    sorry jokes, seriously tho, spying is baad, porn however.....
    :D
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Don't forget to hang garlic in the window, too! Better safe than sorry! :D
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I would go to as many porn sites as possible.
     
  13. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    I am so paranoid about spies that I don't even have windows in my house... which is actually a subterranean bomb shelter. What day is it again?
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    December 7, 1941
     
  15. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    GAH!!!:eek: It's been a lot longer then I thought.

    Seriously though... do you really think that the data you have on your computer is that sensitive to be worried about being spied on? Unless you have something to hide (like porn), then who cares?
     
  16. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I would hate people to find out that I look at midget albino porn too, wait.... who said that.... how do you guys know I'm looking at midget albino porn, can I get some foil underwear on ebay?
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Your mistake was using Saran wrap instead of tin-foil. Everyone knows that eZeta rays go straight through Saran wrap and cardboard! :D

    And by the way: they prefer to be called "pigment-challenged little people"!
     
  18. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    But what about my full body condom suit, that doesn't help either?

    edit-not in the stuff i watch they're all like "call me a dirty albino midget"
     
  19. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    It has been a long time since I have laughed this hard... sadly I see this thread being wastlanded.:(
     
  20. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    That's fine, the wasteland is a friend of mine and will keep my activities secret...or else -fist shake-
     
  21. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    just turn on private browsing under the safari menu. that might help...
     
  22. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Like what? The person said they are surfing the web and email too? OMG he knows what you are doing!!!

    There are nothing that can auto-launch on OSX without user interaction.

    You are not providing any useful details. I vote for wasteland...
     
  23. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    congrats, you may have just helped a someone steal a macbook:p
     
  24. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    I'm sorry but....what? I don't think people that have had their macbook stolen would monitor the persons activity, then tease them in a conversation basically telling them that they know what they're doing and then not be able to locate the macbook and recover it
     
  25. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Bad idea - http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/

    To summarize, foil hats amplify signals at frequencies used by the government and multinational companies.
     

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