How to tell if someone has been using your computer?

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  1. secretpact macrumors 6502

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    I think someone has been on my computer when I was at school today. Is there a way to get like the last time the computer was on or the last time my account logged in? I don't password protect my login but I am gonna start to.
     
  2. asmallchild macrumors regular

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    dust for fingerprints
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    The simplest thing would be to check under "Recent Items" in the :apple: Menu.
     
  4. stealthninja macrumors member

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    go to applications -> utilities -> Console
    it logs a lot of things that would tell you wether the compu was being used.
     
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  6. stealthninja macrumors member

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    yeah i use that too, luckily it hasn't come in handy yet.:D
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Thats what I'd do too.
     
  8. secretpact thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That seems to me like the best way to go. Looks like I was just paranoid and no one was on my computer. :p. Better to be safe, though!
     
  9. britney69 macrumors newbie

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    Amazing, thanks for this!
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Maybe it's time to password protect you computer?
     
  11. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    if your worried about other people using your system why not enable or configure the system to request a password after it's woken up from sleep? Anyone who tries to access the system will be prompted for the account password.

    goto System PreferencesAccountsLogin Options
    change Automatic loginDisabled

    also goto System PreferencesSecurity
    check both boxes for Disable Automatic login and Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaver
     
  12. sonianz macrumors newbie

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    hi...

    a couple of days this week, i have come home and the caps lock has been on, and i never use it...
    i followed the advise here and went to console and checked - but the times are all funny...

    it is telling me that tonight about midnight, someone was on the comp....

    how can i fix this? or is there another way to tell....

    thanks

    ok, let me correct that - i found what i was looking for !!!! couldnt believe my eyes!

    is there anyway possible that it could have activated itself by any chance??

    how can i check for that software that records what you type in and stuff? or what can i do... wow, im shocked!

    my ex still has my keys to my house. :(
    i will change the password now..

    please help...
     
  13. zipa macrumors 65816

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    Sure, but please, tell us exactly what it is that you need help with?
     
  14. silverblack macrumors 68020

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    If someone has the key to my house, the last thing I worry about is protecting my computer. Get all the locks in your house changed immediately.
     
  15. M-5 macrumors 65816

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    That's just scary knowing that your ex still has the keys to your home. I know that I'd have a very gross feeling in my stomach if I felt that someone had had access to my personal belongings and might have gone through them while I was unaware.
     
  16. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    Check the browser history too, ya never know!
     

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