some one spying on my browsing ,can it be happenning?

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lostinparadise
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01 Mar 2010, 11:58 pm

for last few days i feel like being watched.what ever i browse someone talk about it in front of me like he has seen what i have been browsing on the net.the site i visit,the google search i did,and profiles i visited on face book.can it be that some one is spying?if so how can i prevent that from happening ?(he has no access of my computer,can only be possible if by remote computer)



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02 Mar 2010, 12:00 am

It's possible but a prerequisite is that the person would have to care enough to actually do it.

That is a higher bar than some of the paranoid among us would believe.



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02 Mar 2010, 12:37 am

i think he would care enough to do .i have no clue how it happens
how can someone spy on me without access of my pc in my house.could you explain a little thatn i would be able to prevent it.its getting me really upset



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02 Mar 2010, 1:04 am

They could use software (a "trojan" lof some kind); if they have not had access to your computer you or someone with access would have to download it, although there are a number of ways this could happen.

If you are really concerned then you should actively use and regularly run a full scan with anti-virus software, always browse from behind a fire wall, and maybe down load and run some anti-malware software (just be very careful that you only download and run trusted software as a lot of malware actually poses as anti-malware). Additionally, either before or after you have taken these steps, you could download "hi-jack this" do a scan and save a log and then post the log to a forum dedictated to "hi-jack this" log analysis. Forum users with the technical know-how can then check over your log and point out suspicious entries.



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02 Mar 2010, 4:46 am

Does the person you suspect have the technical skill (or access to someone who does) to carry out such surveillance?

Until you know what type of surveillance efforts have been employed its difficult to suggest a solution short of replacing your computer and any modems/routers with clean replacements and switching ISP. Even then you might want to consider moving home!

Extreme? Depends how paranoid you are ;)

Edit: computer security/forensics is a special interest of mine sorry I dont want to come accross as being a scaremonger



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02 Mar 2010, 5:04 am

Schools in Pennyslvania were in trouble for activating the microphone and webcam,
and S.YTIMG.COM also is used by flashplayer to access these and the hard drive.
Solution:tape over the webcam and microphone, and if the school gave you
your laptop then don't use it as a diary or for anything you wouldn't want to be
caught doing. Flashplayer has known spybug capabilities. Most sites that have
video or cartoon animations use flashplayer, including those in advertisements.
Flashplayer has its own cookies that your browser can't get rid of. Your browser
has a cache that holds images, sounds, and videos while you watch them and
usually remembers them so the site will load faster next time you visit. Anyone
with access to your computer can look at the files in the cache.
Automatic Updating is related to a service mode that involves a person accessing
your mouse and screen to help fix your OS (or any other reason). The only
difference is that Automatic means that instead of a person there is a script
running, which in some OS, you cannot check to see what it is programmed
to update, and the process of updating involves looking at files and seeing
if they are the latest version. There may be no way to tell if an update script
minds its own business. Software that comes with some digital cameras
has been found to try to access the internet while transferring pictures from
the camera to the computer, and there is no justifiable reason for that, so
disconnecting the internet is the least you can do before using that software.
One known use of camera bugging software is finding out who is using your
laptop if it is stolen, but the software does not have any way of knowing if
the laptop has really been stolen when it is used. People don't realize the
evil uses of things. Guns are assumed to be used to kill people but that
is Not always how they are used. Kitchen utensils are Not assumed to
be used for killing people, but sometimes are. Very few people consider
that if someone steals your GPS, it remembers everywhere you went
with it especially where you live. Very few people question what software
can do besides what it is supposed to do. Very very few people wonder
why some OS run faster than others and use less memory and disk space,
or what is slowing down the newer and bigger OS, what extra code is doing
besides taking up space. Trojan Horses are not viruses, they are programs
that do what they are supposed to do, AND ALSO something evil. Bots not
only get inside your computer but also share it with other copies of the
bots all over the internet. Bittorrent may be one example of something
that bots could be used for, even if it does not use bots. Limewire
can share all your files, not just music files. KEYLOGGERS may be used
in offices to verify that the computer work is being done, and if not,
will tell your boss what your facebook password is AND he can see what
you said about him and fire you even without using your password.
Keyloggers can also be packaged in viruses
to collect bank accounts and passwords and send them to identity
thieves over the internet when people are doing their own private
money business. Site encryption only prevents wiretapping, not
keyloggers. If your wifi is "public" and your neighbors can
get on the internet with it, you better be careful that they cannot
share all of yours/theirs hard drives as well as yours/theirs modem.
Facebook has proved itself to be as careless about leaking private
information as Microsoft has been careless about letting viruses
infect Windows.

Sorry, the point of all this is that even all the "good stuff"
can (be used to) do "bad stuff".
No weird hacking tools or ghost busting equipment is necessary at all.
Tools in the hands of a good person help people, and
tools in the hands of a bad person hurt people.

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02 Mar 2010, 9:12 am

lostinparadise wrote:
i think he would care enough to do .


Don't waste too much energy finding a technological solution to a social problem. How is this person related to you? Why does his behaviour bother you? Where do you come into contact with him?

If, as you say, he has enough motivation to spy on your browsing, then he could a) look at the browsing history stored on your computer (if he has access), b) look at the IP address history on the router, c) look at the internet service provider's logs (if he is an employee), d) install some malware on your computer that shares your history. These are not difficult to do, but I would be more concerned about his motivation and why he bothers you.



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02 Mar 2010, 2:22 pm

It is technically possible.

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03 Mar 2010, 7:55 pm

yes it's possible, it happened to me, to the point where I'm paranoid to think a keylogger might have been put on here though I didn't know how that could be done remotely, if I found out it was it wouldn't surprise me. As far as tracking my browsing, yes that I have experienced. It's kind of funny, actually, because I am probably the most boring person on the internet since I don't look at any porn and I don't play any games. My facebook stays in a coma even when it's activated and I don't have a myspace, even though when I did I only friended musicians. Why someone would be curious about my online activity is beyond me.



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03 Mar 2010, 9:31 pm

lostinparadise wrote:
for last few days i feel like being watched.what ever i browse someone talk about it in front of me like he has seen what i have been browsing on the net.the site i visit,the google search i did,and profiles i visited on face book.can it be that some one is spying?if so how can i prevent that from happening ?(he has no access of my computer,can only be possible if by remote computer)


Like others have said, techniquly possible, but first they would need to be highly educated in how to do it, and they would have to spend so much time, and such extreme measures, that I am going to say, NO, they are not hacking into your computer to spy on you. I know all the paranoid poeple are going to bash me for saying that, but there are way more likely reasons.
More likely, if a person is stalking you online, they are going to simply remember all the details of what you say, and use google to track other places you have been, and gather more details, and keep googling to find out as much as they can about you. You might think that you have not told much about yourself online, but chances are, you have told enough information to track were you go online, and enough to learn all your personal information, were you live, etc. Not trying to scare you, or make you more paranoid, but the fact is that most people give out enough information about themselfs online, over the years, that google is all you need. You can simply start by typing "lostinparadise aspergers" in google, and it will display every aspergers related place you have used that name.

The best way to avoid this is, 1. dont use the same name different places, dont even make it remotely the same. 2. dont talk about other places you post at, and dont make your facebook public. 3. Try to minimize any personal information you give out about yourself, that can make it easy to identify you at other places.

Anyone could probably find out way to much about me, and might be able to follow me around online and track me down, but then again it really does not bother me that much. I have had a couple stalkers in real life, that would leave messages on my phone non stop, and would show up at my house at random times, these types are much worse, and they dont need the internet to find you. I sleep with a shotgun beside my bed just incase :wink:



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04 Mar 2010, 11:33 am

yeah, it's possible, but unless it's personal or something, probably not as likely as you'd think.
War driving, keyloggers, and a host of other programs and hacks can be used.


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04 Mar 2010, 12:19 pm

Stalking seems a lot more likely.


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04 Mar 2010, 2:08 pm

roadracer wrote:
I have had a couple stalkers in real life, that would leave messages on my phone non stop, and would show up at my house at random times, these types are much worse, and they dont need the internet to find you. I sleep with a shotgun beside my bed just incase :wink:


to me that is a real stalker and someone who is a real threat, those types creep me out immensely, I have never experienced that personally but I know people who have and that stuff tends to escalate. the people who track browsing and stuff are control freaks who are too tech-minded for their own good. personally it doesn't benefit me at all to know more than I should about a person, the less I know the better up to a point. But I know if I knew how to hack into facebooks and myspace I might have trouble resisting the temptation so I hope I never learn how to do that stuff.