How to monitor/review my Mac's activities?

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  1. Tymmz macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if there is an application which allows me to see what my Mac does when I'm not at home.

    e.g. After work I want to see if someone took my Mac for their personal use while I was away. And I would like to see what that person did with it.



    cheers
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Probably a mix of the "last" command and Console logs.

    How many users are on this machine?
     
  3. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    It's just me, but I believe others are using it without my knowledge. I could just log out when I leave home, but I would like to surprise the others with hard evidence, in case I'm right.

    I don't have anything to hide, but they could at least ask, before using my Mac.

    How do I get into the logs?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you have a static IP you can always ssh in and see if someone is using your machine.
     
  5. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If they use the computer it's probably only for a short time, they are probably very snoopy and just want to lurk around. (hopefully I used the words "snoopy" and "lurk" properly)

    So is there maybe a way to review my Mac's logs from today?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Running the "last" command in Terminal reads /var/logs/wtmp which will show who has logged in and reboots.
     
  7. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's the problem, I guess. I was/am always logged in and it never got rebooted. Why should they. Once they open the lid the computer is running.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Lock the machine or require login.
     
  9. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    That's what I'm probably going to do.


    Thanks for the quick replies.
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Isn't there an application that snaps a quick snapshot via iSight every time a Mac is opened?

    If you want to see what happened earlier today, you might try opening a Terminal session and typing:
    grep "wake from sleep" /var/log/system.log

    On my MacBook Pro, this shows everytime that it was "awakened" today.
     
  11. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Sorry, no iSight available.

    How do I grep (?) "wake from sleep"? EDIT: never mind!
     

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