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How to know if your computer is being spied on

Computers and communication gadgets have become a part of our lives and at that, a lot of our activities are carried out on it. These activities may include regular things as how we do household chores, religious activities, business, personal lifestyle, and how we socialize. Gadgets are usually around us and having access to their activity logs can simply tell who we are. No wonder advertising agencies are so keen on our data in order to sell us specific ads.


Notwithstanding, there are people who are so interested in mining our personal information for reasons usually criminal. They may include friends, roommates, spouse, business partner, a political opponent, our government, foreign government, and the list goes on. You never can tell the damage it can cause you if your information falls on the wrong hands. It’s best to protect yourself and safeguards your gadgets. Your information can be mined and sold, simply because people and organizations are always ready to pay for it.


Moreover, you need to be guided on not giving too much information or have your information easily spied on. Spying can be done on you through the internet or by having physical access to your computer. This article was written to enlighten you on how you can possibly know if your computer is being spied on and how best to protect yourself.


How to know if your computer is being spied on physically


Are you suspecting someone has recently used your computer without seeking permission? If that’s true, you’ll seek to know what the person has viewed or did while using your computer. This will cause you thinking hard if you have personal stuff you wouldn’t want anyone to have access to. Notwithstanding, you can know exactly what was snooped at by doing the following:

1. Check your recent activities

It is very easy to check for your recently opened files. On Windows, you can find out what has been worked on or looked at. To do this, open Your Computer window or by shortcut (from your desktop) press Windows key + E. At the top left corner of the menu, click on Quick access. This will provide you information on what’s been opened, so look for anything that wasn’t accessed by you.

2. Check your browsing history


Internet browsing history can be easily wiped out. Although someone in a hurry might forget to do that. To wipe out a browser history, go to your browser Settings>History>Clear history. If the intruder forgot to do that, you can see all the activities he did online while using your computer

3. Check recently modified files


A precaution measure any intruder would do after a successful intrusion is to clean up its track. Wiping the activity logs of a computer is easy. It can be done by simply making a left click on Quick access>Options>Clear File Explorer History. But having your recent activities wiped out is a sign that someone has snooped on your computer. If that is true, then you can tell what folders they have accessed. To do this, navigate to File Explorer and type datemodified into its search field at the top right. You can specify a date range, a whole year or simply click on Today. If something was changed, you will see the list of files.

4. Check logon events


A feature added on Windows 10 is the ability for you to know if someone else has accessed your computer. Windows 10 home automatically keeps a logon event each time your system was login, be it you or anyone else. You can check this by simply typing a search for Event Viewer and click on it. Next, click on Windows Log>Security and a list of activities will show up. This procedure is kind of technical and you will need an understanding of Windows ID codes in order for the list to be meaningful to you.


How to know if your computer is being spied remotely


Your computer can be spied on remotely if you are connected to the internet. You can carry out a check to know if indeed you are been spied on and go on stop the intruder. To do this, open any regular website, be it Google or techablaze.com. Open your Windows Task Manager and look at your CPU usage. Look for anything usual, like a weird name not associated with your computer. If found, it definitely someone remotely assessing your computer. To end this, click on the task and then click “End Task” to stop the intruder for snooping further on you.

How to keep your computer safe online and offline


If you really have things on your computer and you wouldn’t want to share it with a third party. Then, you have to be sure that your system is free from prying eyes. This you can achieve by scanning your computer regularly with a virus, anti-malware, and anti-rootkit software. The scan will help you to detect if malware has been installed secretly on your computer without your knowledge. Nevertheless, some malware can really be sneaky and could add themselves to your anti-virus program exceptional list. You still can be able to remove them by simply performing an offline scan of Windows. This will scan your computer for malware before Windows load.


Conclusion


The computer has become a tool containing more than our working stuff but also our personal activities. We really need to protect it just like we would do a safe box. Although unlike the safe box, our computer might not be well hidden or inaccessible, still we must make sure it cannot be easily compromised.

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