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  1. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows
       26 Oct 2016 #1

    Repeatedly having my Windows 10 Account Passwords Hacked.


    Wondering if anyone here knows high-security ways to secure the Windows SAM (Security Accounts Manager) file from being hacked via remote network access or physical access to an unattended machine.

    Have already informed the police (though they don't do anything) that a neighbour or local burglar enters the property when I'm out and copies written passwords. They may also install malware on the computer or perhaps all hacking is done remotely via installed malware.

    Regardless, the local area constantly give me the impression that my computer activity is closely watched.

    Can anyone answer the questions in the first paragraph or give me advice on how to maximise security and the privacy of my computer and its usage?
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  2. Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,115
    W10Prox64
       26 Oct 2016 #2

    Make sure the system is not compromised, enable SysKey password, use it to store SAM on a USB drive, and enable Bitlocker encryption on the hard drive? Of course, if the USB drive ever went bad or was lost, you'd be SOL. Honestly, what kind of neighbors do you have? I would think if someone broke into your house, they would just take the computer. Why do you think someone is watching your computer activity?
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  3. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 287
    Win10
       26 Oct 2016 #3

    Thelps, think about installing a security system and or a video surveillance system to protect you home. You can either do or yourself or hire a professional.
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  4. Join Date : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,326
    Windows 10 Pro
       26 Oct 2016 #4

    What makes you think it's your neighbor? Your system may be compromised. Do you have backups of your data stored off line? If it was my computer and my passwords and who knows what else was being stolen I would do a clean install of Windows and start over. I would also change all my passwords. Do this after you know your system is clean.
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  5. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows
       26 Oct 2016 #5

    Winuser said: View Post
    What makes you think it's your neighbor? Your system may be compromised. Do you have backups of your data stored off line? If it was my computer and my passwords and who knows what else was being stolen I would do a clean install of Windows and start over. I would also change all my passwords. Do this after you know your system is clean.
    I can only assume that my internet use is being actively monitored by an individual or group of individuals (rather than by an automated system designed to prevent crime or security breaches).

    If anyone has some expert knowledge as to how to identify hacking attempts / malware infestation on the local hardware and how to obfuscate internet use across the ISP and wider internet - that would be ideal.
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  6. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 267
    Windows 10 Home
       26 Oct 2016 #6

    Thelps,

    By any chance, I am not any sort of expert, however, there is something rather simple that comes to mind for monitoring your outgoing traffic:

    Type cmd in the Ask me anything area to launch the Command Prompt
    At the C:\Users\(Your Username)
    Type: netstat
    Press: Enter

    The netstat command generates a list of all outgoing data transmissions, and works best when you have as few applications opened as possible.

    Copy/paste the list of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that your computer is sending information to, then, launch a Web browser.
    Enter each IP address into your browser's address bar to locate where information is being sent.
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  7. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows
       27 Oct 2016 #7

    cottonball said: View Post

    By any chance, I am not any sort of expert, however, there is something rather simple that comes to mind for monitoring your outgoing traffic:

    Type cmd in the Ask me anything area to launch the Command Prompt
    At the C:\Users\(Your Username)
    Type: netstat
    Press: Enter

    The netstat command generates a list of all outgoing data transmissions, and works best when you have as few applications opened as possible.

    Copy/paste the list of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that your computer is sending information to, then, launch a Web browser.
    Enter each IP address into your browser's address bar to locate where information is being sent.
    None of the above provides a solution as to who is observing my usage of the internet and the contents of my computer. Also, so far in this thread, all of the advice is the type of stuff I'm already aware of, and the answers provided don't give me any useful way of preventing someone who is violating my right to privacy from continuing to do so, either knowingly or unknowingly.

    Has anyone on this forum ever been interested in securing their computer's contents and absolute privacy of their internet usage in order to allow them to work privately, and by themselves? If so, and they were successful at that goal, could they please inform me as to how they achieved this objective as confidentially as possible.

    I was always under the impression that the vast majority of people valued their privacy immensely.
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  8. Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,115
    W10Prox64
       27 Oct 2016 #8

    Thelps said: View Post
    None of the above provides a solution as to who is observing my usage of the internet and the contents of my computer. Also, so far in this thread, all of the advice is the type of stuff I'm already aware of, and the answers provided don't give me any useful way of preventing someone who is violating my right to privacy from continuing to do so, either knowingly or unknowingly.

    Has anyone on this forum ever been interested in securing their computer's contents and absolute privacy of their internet usage in order to allow them to work privately, and by themselves? If so, and they were successful at that goal, could they please inform me as to how they achieved this objective as confidentially as possible.

    I was always under the impression that the vast majority of people valued their privacy immensely.
    Perhaps, if you would have listed all the things you are already aware of in your first post, they wouldn't have been suggested, and would have saved you and us some time.
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  9. Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,066
    Windows 10 Pro
       27 Oct 2016 #9

    Thelps said: View Post
    [FONT="]Wondering if anyone here knows high-security ways to secure the Windows SAM (Security Accounts Manager) file from being hacked via remote network access or physical access to an unattended machine.[/FONT]

    [FONT="]Have already informed the police (though they don't do anything) that a neighbour or local burglar enters the property when I'm out and copies written passwords. They may also install malware on the computer or perhaps all hacking is done remotely via installed malware.[/FONT]

    [FONT="]Regardless, the local area constantly give me the impression that my computer activity is closely watched.[/FONT]

    Can anyone answer the questions in the first paragraph or give me advice on how to maximise security and the privacy of my computer and its usage?
    Do you have real, concrete evidence that someone has broken into your home and hacked your computer? I find it quite strange that police does nothing if you can clearly show that someone has entered your home illegally.

    Not the way police works here.
    Last edited by Kari; 27 Oct 2016 at 11:51.
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  10. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,299
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       27 Oct 2016 #10

    You appear somewhat neurotic, no input given other than that dreamt up by your imagination.
    If it causes you health problems stop using a computer
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