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Old 06-27-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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Hi,

I also posted this in another forum, but I thought people here might be more able to help me.

So my boyfriend might be spying on my computer but I'm not sure, that's why I need your help.

My boyfriend has a new laptop and today I passed by the table in the hallway, where he was sitting with the laptop. He had the folder 'Computer' opened and on the left side (down) I saw the tab 'Network'- And below that tab was the name of my Computer (My name-PC).

We live together, so we use the same internet. Also, he has access to my computer because he has my password for it and he could easily use it when I'm not at home to set things up.
When I check my own networks I don't have his computer in my networks.

I'm not sure what to think- I'm not a big PC expert, but I have never given him access to my computer's network, not for anything. What does that mean now? Could it mean he's spying on me? Could he even be spying on me with this? And what can he see with this and what can't he see? Maybe I'm totally wrong but I just need your guys opinion, maybe someone knows more.


Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Does he work for

the NSA?
If yes, then yes.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:39 PM
 
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My boyfriend has a new laptop and today I passed by the table in the hallway, where he was sitting with the laptop. He had the folder 'Computer' opened and on the left side (down) I saw the tab 'Network'- And below that tab was the name of my Computer (My name-PC).
This in itself is nothing to worry about. All it means is that your computer is discoverable to others on the same network. It does not necessarily mean that he can see anything other than whether your computer is on or off.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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You can check to see if file sharing is on, and you can turn it off if it is on. If you are using Windows 7:

On the Start menu, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Sharing Center.

In the panel on the left, click Change advanced sharing settings, and then click the arrow next to Home or Work.

Check the following settings:

- Network Discovery: Off
- File and Printer Sharing: Off
- Public Folder Sharing: Off
- File Sharing Connections: Use 128-bit encryption...
- Click Save Changes.

"File sharing" would allow your BF to see some or all of the files you have on your computer. It would not allow him to easily see your e-mail, chat archives, etc.


You should also check to see if Remote Desktop is enabled. This would allow someone to access, and completely control your computer from another computer. This link describes how to check your Remote Desktop settings.

Of course, if your BF has your password, he can access your computer when you are not there, without the need for file sharing or remote desktop. If this is a concern, change your password to something that he could not easily guess.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My Dw and I both use the same router. So on our home network both of our PCs are listed on it.

We both use Win7. Both of our PCs seem to have 'public' or shared folders, and private folders.

If you turn off 'file sharing' then anything you have that is not in a 'public' folder will not be shared.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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The fact that your comp. is visible means nothing. If anyone else were on your network, they would see the same thing.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The real question is: why be with someone who you obviously don't trust?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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Hi,

I also posted this in another forum, but I thought people here might be more able to help me.

So my boyfriend might be spying on my computer but I'm not sure, that's why I need your help.

My boyfriend has a new laptop and today I passed by the table in the hallway, where he was sitting with the laptop. He had the folder 'Computer' opened and on the left side (down) I saw the tab 'Network'- And below that tab was the name of my Computer (My name-PC).

We live together, so we use the same internet. Also, he has access to my computer because he has my password for it and he could easily use it when I'm not at home to set things up.
When I check my own networks I don't have his computer in my networks.

I'm not sure what to think- I'm not a big PC expert, but I have never given him access to my computer's network, not for anything. What does that mean now? Could it mean he's spying on me? Could he even be spying on me with this? And what can he see with this and what can't he see? Maybe I'm totally wrong but I just need your guys opinion, maybe someone knows more.


Thanks!
If he wants to "spy" on you all he has to do is wait until you're not home and log into your computer.

What is it you need to hide from him? Do you have the password to his laptop?

It sounds like a wonderful relationship. You give him full access then don't trust him to use it.
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