Is Your Employer Spying On You? Here's 3 Ways to Find Out Is Your Employer Spying On You? Here's 3 Ways to Find Out
News    10/16/2019

Is Your Employer Spying On You? Here's 3 Ways to Find Out

Is your employer spying on you? Here are a few ways to find out whether a suspicious partner or employer is spying on you or not.

Employers watching what their employees are up to is nothing new. Ever since the first security camera was installed above a cash register, employees have been cognizantly aware that their employers are pulling the Big Brother card to make sure they’re doing as instructed.

With computers at just about every work station in the world these days, employees have a lot more leeway to goof off, check their email, Facebook, Netflix, and whatever distractions they want to get into.

It didn’t take long for most employers to realize what was going on. Some block certain websites, others go the extra mile and actively monitor their employees’ computers - either with or without telling them about it.

If you suspect your employer might be watching you, or you want to make sure before you use your work computer for something personal or sensitive, there are a number of ways to do that.

Start With Task Manager

Assuming you’re using a Windows computer, start by hitting CTRL+SHIFT+ESC together to reach the Task Manager and switch to the window labeled Processes. If your employer is intentionally hiding the monitoring software from you, it probably won’t show up here, or in Background processes, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

If you see a name you don’t recognize, especially one drawing a lot of RAM, you might have found your culprit. To be on the safe side, use a device that you own exclusively, like your smartphone, to look up the software and find out what it is.

You can also try the Startup tab, as the software would need to load into memory on every reboot. Obscure names are the giveaway here too.

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Administrator Efforts

If the Task Manager is a dead end, try to use the Command Prompt. Run a search in your taskbar for “CMD”, then right click the command prompt and choose to “run as administrator”.

If your company is serious about its IT security this might be as far as you get, as the administrator duties might be cordoned off to just your IT department.

If you can get access, when the window opens type [ netstat -b -n] followed by Enter. What you’re after here is any executable program that is accessing the Internet from your machine. Some of them are easy to spot - like Chrome.exe or Edge.exe. Anything that has a name you don’t know should be checked out.

Third-Party Tools

If you’re detective work does not pan out, you can also try some third-party anti-spyware software to see what you can see. The problem here is that if you are being monitored, the program is surely going to note, or even block, you downloading this kind of recognition software.

Hope for the best but be prepared to explain yourself later. You’ll need to make sure you download the kind that will find all spyware, not just the kind that is probably on your computer illegally.

In fact, should you get questioned by your company’s powers that be on what you’re looking for, claiming you thought there was spyware on your machine is a great way to worm (pun intended) your way out of it.

Tips to Prevent virus and malware from Infecting Your System:

  1. Enable your popup blocker: Pop-ups and ads on the websites are the most adoptable tactic used by cybercriminals or developers with the core intention to spread malicious programs.

    So, avoid clicking uncertain sites, software offers, pop-ups etc. and Install a powerful ad- blocker for ChromeMozilla, and IE

  2. Keep your Windows Updated: To avoid such infections, we recommend that you should always keep your system updated through automatic windows update.By doing this you can keep your device free from virus.According to the survey, outdated/older versions of Windows operating system are an easy target.

  3. Third-party installation: Try to avoid freeware download websites as they usually install bundled of software with any installer or stub file.

  4. Regular Backup: Regular and periodical backup helps you to keep your data safe in case the system is infected by any kind of virus or any other infection.Thus always backup important files regularly on a cloud drive or an external hard drive.


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