Email accessed by opponent in lawsuit

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How can I tell whether someone accessed my gmail from my actual desktop, or remotely? And ex friend who I am involved in a lawsuit with, evidently got into my email account. How can I tell if it was accessed via my desktop, or by hacking? We will probably send my desktop to a forensic examiner for the lawsuit, but is there something I can do to see when the desktop was awakened and old emails re-read? This person had access to my home, and my computer was always left on and was not password-protected at the time.

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Dell desktop

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The first thing would be to change all you account passwords to something strong with mixed case and special characters. Do not use names or special dates as you friend may know those and be able to crack your accounts again. It may be possible that before they moved out they took or copied the information, they may have installed a key logger that records everything you type, even new passwords. Change you wi-fi network password if you have one. They could sit outside your home and log back in to your system. They may be logging into your Gmail from any other computer if they have your password. How do you know your emails have been accessed recently?

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  • Subhendu Sen
    First of all how did you know that someone accessed your desktop either directly/by remotely? Is there any notification on your desktop computer? What symptoms are there? Is there an antivirus installed on your system? If yes, is it configured properly? More information is needed. However, you can change all of your passwords (emails/ social media etc) with complex ones. And don't share passwords with any one even your nearest one.
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  • Minnesotaqueen
    Thanks. He sent me an email which accidentally included contents of some of my old work emails from years ago. He really messed up on that one. I haven’t been back home to look at the desktop or do an activity search. My attorney wants me to not touch it before we take it in to an expert. I am just wondering if there is a way to see if there is an app he placed on the desktop while he was there, or a way to search dates and times of desktop use, or did he simply hack into my email. Thanks.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Check the browser (s) which you are using now, if there is any extension/add-ons installed with your browser. You can check it by selecting browser setup Or (Tools > Add-ons for Firefox and Tools > manage add-ons for IE) if there is any unwanted extension/add-ons is there, try to disable/ uninstall it depending on browser's versions and types. Open Add/Remove programs (assuming windows) and check all installed apps/programs. If there is any abnormalities/unwanted app(s) is/are there, just try to uninstall it. However, it is better to check the system by an expert.
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  • ToddN2000
    If they are connecting to you PC via your network, you can check the details of devices connected to your WiFi using network admin method. To access the network administrative console, you should log into the console using your router’s IP address.
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  • Minnesotaqueen
    Thank you all! He has access to my computer and Home until last month. I had received emails from him in August that looked like he had made a mistake and sent work information to me. As we get more involved in the lawsuit, I re-read them and they were actually copied emails I had received from my boss years ago. He accidentally sent them to me rather than himself. I’ll take everyone’s advice here. Thank you again.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Knowing what I know about legal cases being an expert witness, this is a discussion likely best kept between you and your attorney. You can hire a forensics expert to determine all of this but it's likely either too late since any evidence may have been spoiled due to continued computer usage OR you're not going to be able to prove anything given the lax controls you had on your computer at the time.
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