way to determine if roommate is using my computer for porn?

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  1. calviin macrumors regular

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    I suspect that one of my roommate's may be looking at porn or something as every time I use my computer, the history is deleted. Can someone help me out?

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Is he using your account or does he have his own? You could just turn on parental setting (or what ever) and there you can see logs (all sites he has visited, no matter if he clears the history)
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Keyloggers already exist you can get for Mac. I'd simply password protect my machine and not let him use it if you're worried about his browsing habits.
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    I would just password protect your computer, that would put a stop to it.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Presumably, since you have roommates, you are an adult. This may sound crazy but how about talking to him. A keylogger. :rolleyes:
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    As long as he cleans up after himself, what's the problem?
    ;)
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Not sure what the actual problem is here... do you object to the porn or his using your computer?

    If you don't want him using your computer - password protect it

    If you want him to have access, but not your account - create a guest account

    If you don't want him to look at porn - activate parental controls

    Keylogging is not a solution to anything

    Personally, I would be more likely to let someone use my toothbrush than my computer

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    Off topic: Never seen so many demi-gods on so few postes lol :)
     
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Leave some Kleenex next to the keyboard.
     
  10. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Umm, yeah I'll get right on that...
     
  11. madwolf macrumors member

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    That's probably because they were googling for porn and this page came up :p
     
  12. stridemat Moderator

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    Dang guys it look like we have been found out....:rolleyes:
     
  13. calviin thread starter macrumors regular

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    I suppose I could just password my computer... I suspect that he's looking at porn but I'm not entirely sure. If he's doing something illegal, then that's a different story. A keylogger would tell me what he was doing. Anyways, thanks for the help!
     
  14. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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  15. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Enter this address into your browser: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

    Flash Player stores it's own cache/site storage settings that can't be cleared by clearing out the browser cache, and it still stores even if you're in Private mode in Firefox. So long as they're not YOUR entries, his will be there too unless he knows to delete those (most people don't know that's there). I'm suggesting this because most of those sites stream in Flash.

    Hope this may help!
     
  16. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    If it's just the history being deleted, then there will be indications of some pages visited through other things not yet reset

    e.g. hit reset safari in the file menu:
    they're clearing the history, but are they
    resetting top sites, emptying the cache, removing cookies, removing autofill form text?

    Something similar would happen with Firefox and other browsers.Even if they go into "porn mode" on the browser, they'd have to kill the flash cookies, which needs a separate app/patience.
     

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