Sharing PC w/roommate, how do I secure my stuff & look for key stroke programs

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  1. Torch

    Torch Platinum Plus Member

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    I am sharing a computer with my roommate and it is getting very old. He makes comments about what websites I visit by looking through my history, and "says" he might just put something on there to record my keystrokes. :eek3: :wtf: Since I cannot kill him, I must look to protecting myself on the computer.

    First, if he did put some kind of keystroke recording program or any other program that would monitor what I was doing on the computer, is there a way to find and remove it? Or, if I cannot remove it, at least know if there is one on here.

    Also, I use Firefox and I used to be able to go to tools/privacy tab and select clear data, and this would remove everything. Now for some reason it will not clear the history in the address bar at the top of the page. When you click the down arrow it will show recent history. So, any suggestions on how to clean the computer so that he can not see what sites I have been on. Oh, and yes there are pron sites I would rather him not see, but there are others like bank, credit card, places where I purchase stuff, etc.

    Any advice and or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :wavey:
     
  2. StevesVR4

    StevesVR4 Get Arrested

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    Put a password on your computer to keep him from looking at your stuff.
     
  3. Justin Niggalake

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    make 2 seperate users for the computer and password protect yours.

    thats what i do on the desktop that me and my GF share. she has her own user version with a gay pink butterfly desktop and all that shit she uses. and i have my own.

    problem solved
     
  4. mondaynightmike

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    lol go to documents and settings and check his shit out ftw.
     
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    why is your roommate so nosey? who's computer is it?
     
  6. Torch

    Torch Platinum Plus Member

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    Since we both used to have our own place there is two of everything, so to keep the apartment from having too much junk and looking like shit we discussed who had the better items. So, I provided the TV and audio system, and he had just purchased this computer a few months before we moved in together, it is faster and better than the one I have. Well, minus Windows Vista of course.

    So, technically it is his, but we share. Which is fine with me, but don't go looking through my stuff, and telling other people what sites I visit, like a tool.

    Anyway, since it is his computer couldn't he just set up his login as administrator and look at my shit anyway?
     
  7. Torch

    Torch Platinum Plus Member

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    He has a portable hard drive from when he took all the stuff off his previous computer, so he just hooks it up when he is using it and disconnects it when he is done, I do not know where he keeps it anyway, plus it is probably password protected.
     
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    lol, he's probably into some freaky shit.
     
  9. Justin Niggalake

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    take a page from his book and do the same thing?

    portable usb drive + www.portableapps.com
    profit
     
  10. Doomsday

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    yes, an admin acct can access everything

    +1 on using a portable drive/USB stick for your files
    use tools such as ccleaner to wipe out history, temp files, and such
     
  11. MrEous

    MrEous OT Supporter

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    Either...

    Set up your computer in your room along with wireless internet access
    -or-
    Get a laptop

    (as said above though, portable drive or usb would work)


    ...since it's his computer though he really doesn't need your permission to snoop. Dick move though bringing it up in front of friends.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Uninstall and reinstall firefox. There's no reason you can't get it to delete everything when you log off.
    Make sure you delete the program folder before the reinstall.
     
  13. Limp_Brisket

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    or he could just use firefox portable on his usb stick.
     
  14. Torch

    Torch Platinum Plus Member

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    Never thought of it like that, he just says that it is easier to use the portable since all his shit is on there already. However, probably what he really means to say is "the shit I am into would get me locked up in most States". :eek3:
     
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    On all my previous computers clearing the private data has not been a problem. However, now if you click on the arrow to the far right of the address bar it will drop down a list of the most recent sites I have been to. Clearing the private data does clear the history, but not the address bar stuff. Is that something he could have "checked a box" to keep me from removing?
     
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    Yes, I have selected the option in Firefox so it will delete my history when I close the program, but the address bar* crap is still there.

    Uninstalling Firefox, and reinstalling each time I use the interwebnet is just too much trouble.

    *(See post number 15)
     
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    Torch Platinum Plus Member

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    To make an insane story that is very long a lot shorter, my roommate and I are very very different. We are good friends, but I knew before I agreed to this that there would be problems. So, we sat down and had a discussion on what would be brought into the apartment. We based our decision mostly on which of the two items in question were better. Value wise it turned out to about half, but the shit that was brought in that was his, ..... well happens to be high priority items. For example the computer, which IMO even though it IS his, since I brought in other things to the apartment, the computer is technically half mine. That was our logic going in......anyway. I definitely should have given that more thought. :hs:

    Maybe tomorrow I will turn on my TV and delete recorded items on my DVR that I did not record and tell him, "oh, you wanted to watch those?.....my bad roomie."

    Using the computer is one thing, but looking at what someone else was doing is just not cool.
     
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    Currently when I turn on the computer I am prompted for a password, which was given to me by my roommate. I know he uses the same one, but I do not know if he has another.

    As someone suggested earlier, I should create two users. Since he has not done this yet, could I create the two users and set it up so that neither one of us are administrators? Or, set up two of them so that I am the administrator? If so how would I do that?

    Also, since he has commented about using software that records what I do on the computer and/or keystrokes, does anyone have any suggestions on how I could do the same? (this would be strictly to get him to leave me alone. If he knows or believes I can do the same then he will call a truce)
     
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    The most subtle keystroke recording devices are just usb extenders on the end of the cord.
     
  20. T0nyGTSt

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    get your own laptop
     
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    Just use your own computer I would never want to share a computer with my roommate
     
  23. Limp_Brisket

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    usb keyloggers are like 100 bucks though, i doubt he'd buy one just to snoop on him; unless he's a real jerk.
     
  24. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Are you talking about the autocomplete for url's?
     
  25. piratepenguin

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    I doubt that, probably a Firefox bug but you can disable autocomplete.

    Also here's a feature I like: highlight websites you don't want to appear and hit the delete key... They disappear.. Genius.

    Like on anyones Firefox 3 you can hit up the url bar and start typing porn to see what they visit in a flash . . . quite mad. I heard someone suggest being able to remove this and other info to be saved from sites that fit a live history/bookmark search thing. That would be sweet.
     

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