Is somebody else logging into your Windows PC when you’re not around? Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check your activity and track any potential snooping.
Today, we’re going to show you how to determine if and when your PC was accessed.
The first place to start your search is in the recent activity menu, which showcases a list of recently-opened apps, programs, and files.
To check this in Windows 10, open the Start menu and type in Recent, then click on the “Show recently opened items in Jump Lists in Start or on the Taskbar”.
In Windows 7, you can check this by going to Start > Recent Items, which then opens a selection of files that were recently accessed.
You can also check your browser history or open software like Microsoft Word to check your Recent Documents list. The Programs menu also lets you search through installed programs by installation date.
The stuff mentioned above is basic and can easily be removed by someone who knows what they’re doing when they’re snooping your computer.
The Windows Event Viewer, on the other hand, gives you a more complete look at what’s going on with your PC. To check your list of Windows events, go to Windows Key + R and then type in eventvwr.msc then press enter.
The Event Viewer will open. Double click on the Windows Logs button and check Security. This allows you to see any login attempts and missed password entries. Check the time period when you were out of the house or away: if there’s a login attempt during this period, then you’ve got a problem.
This is a good way to see if someone tried to access your PC by guessing your password. Sometimes, someone may have tried to gain access to your account but repeatedly failed, leaving no trace on your PC. Fortunately, this will still show up in the Event Viewer.
This tech comes from our friends over at MakeTechEasier.com, who have created an excellent tutorial on how to edit your registry so that your PC shows the last login details on startup.
The reason you’d want to do this is because someone with knowledge of the Event Viewer can easily wipe out those records. That method, however, is far more bulletproof. Check their tutorial here: https://www.maketecheasier.com/know-if-someone-logging-into-windows-pc/
Ultimately, nobody wants to have someone snooping around their personal files. By setting up the methods listed above, you can ensure you stay protected at all times on your PC.