Solved Is my roommate spying on my internet activity

May 23, 2011 at 23:49:57
Specs: Windows 7
How do I find out if my Internet activity is being monitored by my roommate? He has been acting suspicious, and recently was able to disconnect me from the internet while acting like the internet was out. He mentioned when he first moved in that where he used to live he would cut off his roommates from the internet when it was slow and now 6 months later i think he is doing it to me. I feel like my privacy is being invaded, but I don't know for sure.

1. Is there any way to find out if he is monitoring the network; is he looking at the websites I go to, and my internet usage?

2. Is it possible that he set the router so that he gets a higher priority on bandwith?

3. If there is no way to find out for sure, how can I secure my connection so that there is no way that he can monitor and restrict my internet usage.

Right now I am at my parents house so I am not on the connection I feel is being compromised. I may be acting paranoid, but this dude is kind of a creep and its not that im doing illegal things on the internet, its just that I feel like my privacy is being breached and would just like to know for peace of mind.

Thanks in advance, and if i can find out if he is indeed spying/tampering with the connection, I am going to kick him out on his ass.

Ps. I am using a D link, n router

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May 24, 2011 at 07:22:33
1) I doubt he is. He could but that would require expensive equipment capable of doing port mirroring which a SOHO Router is not.

2) It's possible, if the router is capable of bandwidth metering You can check the specs of his router online if you know the make/model. If it's not capable of it, then he's not doing that.

However, if the router is in his room and you can't see it when he has his door shut, then he could simply be unplugging you. You would know because your computer would tell you "network cable is unplugged". If he's in his room doing something on the computer with his door closed when your internet mysteriously stops working. Then chances are he's unplugging you.

If it's your router, put it in your room, or in a common room so it can't be tampered with while you're using it.

3) Get your own separate internet connection.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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May 24, 2011 at 10:23:55
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You don't mention who owns the router. I am going to assume you do.

There is a product called nocut that when installed on your room mates pc will cut/limit your bandwidth.

I would suggest reviewing the router config to see if QoS has been engaged and your ip set to be throttled.

I would suggest you configure your windows firewall to block his pcs name/ip address if doing static assignments. This will assure you that your room mate is not connecting to your pc.

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