How did this website get into my browser history?

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Escort website views in my Safari browser history on my MacBook. Boyfriend wasn't home or anyone else and swears he didn't look those sites up. Could his psycho ex have hacked into his computer somehow?
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  • ToddN2000
    Seems highly unusual that a hacker would leave a trail of browser history. They are usually more discrete and are looking to steal info not look for an escort. They would do that on their own computer. Does the browser history have a date / time stamp of when is was supposedly viewed? (I don't use Safari ). Does anyone else have access to the computer? I do not know if these site would show up it they were from pop-up adds. Do you use an ad-block program?
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  • carlosdl
    If the site is in the history, it was visited.

    How, or by whom, is more difficult to tell, but it was in fact visited.

    As Todd suggests, you might be able to see the time, or at least the date, in which it was visited, and it can give you an idea of what happened.
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  • Curious75
    Yes it was on Nov 11th at 10:50. The only person home was myself and my boyfriend's daughter. She swears she didn't do it. My boyfriends ex came to mind because she is trying to break us up and my boyfriend has a history of seeing escorts hie we he was on a navy ship when these sites were looked at. I just need to know how this got in his computer because it's keeping me up at night. I don't think just a random hacker would do this. He is going to Washington in a few weeks and these sites were escorts in Washington. Am I just a stupid fool? How could he have looked them up when he was on a ship and his computer was home with me? Could his ex have hacked in somehow if she had his passwords? To frame him?
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  • ToddN2000
    Depending on how smart he is and if the computer is left on constantly, he could use a "remote access" application and take control of his computer at home from anywhere he has another computer with internet service. We do that a lot here at work. We can access our work computer from home to fix problem when they happen off hours.
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  • Curious75
    He doesn't have another computer. Just his phone. But I checked and his remote access was turned off on his MacBook that is home. I'm thinking his daughter did it. That is the only thing that makes sense. She had said she didn't want us together. She is only 15. But I'm leading towards that. You think?
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  • carlosdl
    As Todd says, it is possible.

    If your boyfriend's ex has the necessary password, she could probably control the machine remotely.

    You should consider formatting that machine and change, and have your boyfriend change, all of the passwords (for the machines and for email and social media accounts), to make sure no one else can do this kind of things.

    Another possibility: Some browsers have an option to create an account, to be able to share your settings among different devices. I don't use safari either, so I don't know if it has that option, but in case it has it, it might be possible to share the navigation history among devices too, so, if a site is visited on device, it could be added to the history on all of your devices. But it is just a speculation on my part.
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  • carlosdl
    Of course his daughter could have done it, but not knowing her, I have no idea if she would do something like that.

    I would recommend taking some security measures (as the ones I mentioned in my last post) and then forgetting about it.

    This situation is taking your peace away. Don't let that happen.

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  • Curious75
    I appreciate your responses and time. You are right I am up at 2am stressed about this. I wish I had concrete answers. I don't think he looked them up on his phone because he is on his phone constantly and it doesn't connect to his computer history. It is far fetched to think his ex would be able to hack in but his computer was asleep when this happened, not off. I looked up the times the lid was lifted or it was just woken up and at the time the sites were visited the computer was just woken up from sleep. So not sure what that means either. Lid wasn't lifted. Ugh. I'm making myself nuts. My boyfriend even hired a computer tech to come out and he couldn't answer it either. He did say because torrent was on his computer that is was vulnerable for someone to access stuff. Is that true? he took it off.
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  • ToddN2000
    If you suspect her, you can change your password so she cannot access your computer anymore. The other option is to set up parental controls to block those types of sites.

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  • ToddN2000
    Using torrents does open your computer to a whole bunch of possible problems. Best to stay away from them. As they say nothing is totally free. The reason you get movies, videos, games is you are taking the risk of getting an infected file. I personally powerdown my computer when it's not in use.
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  • carlosdl
    Using torrent sites can certainly compromise your computer's security. Better staying away from them.

    Some kinds of malware make some popup windows to appear randomly, advertising things.

    Something like that could have happened too.
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  • Curious75
    We never get pop ups as we have a blocker. Bottom line. It was either his daughter or somehow his ex hired a hacker to get into his computer. What's more likely? No idea. That's what I'm struggling with. Hey, even if his remote access was not on can a hacker still get in?
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  • ToddN2000
    Another solution would be to install a key logger. That way if the computer is used with out your knowledge you can find out who is typing what. If they are going to those types of site and other things. It keep track of IM chats, e-mails anything the person is typing. You get a file with the date and time and the content.. Some parents use these to see what kids are typing in chat rooms for example.
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  • carlosdl
    Macs are more secure than Windows machines.

    If the remote access was disabled, someone could only get in if another application, which was installed with the consent of a user of the machine, provides remote access capabilities.
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  • Curious75
    So if the torrent app was on his computer could that allow access even if the remote access is turned off?
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  • ToddN2000
    Depending on what you mean by off. Not real familiar with Macs. Is it in a sleep or low power mode? It may be possible if that is the case. When people use torrents, they are also 'seeding'. This means they are allowing their computer to be used to let others get file of your computer. It's kind of like the old Napster and Limewire file sharing sites. The more you are willing to share with others the more you can download from others. The only safe thing is to power off the computer when not using it and change the passwords.
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  • carlosdl
    I was not thinking about the torrent because if this is actually some kind of hack, it was something targeted, not some kind of generic malware included in public torrents.
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  • carlosdl
    But I honestly don't think what happened to you is a hack.

    There might be some different explanation, but we just don't know.
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  • Curious75
    Are you guys frustrated with me yet? Haha. I'm sorry. I'm trying to figure something out that may be impossible. It then again I feel their has to be an answer. Apparently the torrent thing was on their for this last year for him to download free music. We also have that little box thing hooked up to watch movies too. I'm trying to figure out if that ex of his was somehow sitting close by our house and connected to our wifi and was able to get on his computer because of the malware making it easy. But that seems ludicrous to me. All fingers point to the daughter just getting on there and looking it up to make it look like her dad was doing it so it frames him. Both sound ludicrous but I know that my boyfriend was at work. I also know he doesn't have any other computers. I'm so frustrated
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  • ToddN2000
    Besides the escort sites showing in the browser history, have you noticed anything else like emails being set or deleted? Other sites being visited like banking or home shopping sites? It makes me wonder what made his ex and daughter so mad they would try to sabotage your relationship? I can speak from experience as I got divorced from my first wife years ago and it was nasty, but we moved on.
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  • ToddN2000
    If your boyfriend set up the network and computer it might be possible the ex just figured out the password. Like if he used his daughters name or a pet.. Those can be cracked fairly easy. Change your routers network password make them longer, use special character and no common words. Depending on your wi-fi and where his ex lives, she could be using your network. Even more so if she used this network before. Her device would already have the network password saved. She could just sit in her car in the street and if she has you wi-fi signal get on your network..The most likely explanation I can come up with and I'm sorry to say, is it looks like it's his daughter.If she is that resentful of the relationship you may have other issue down the road. Talk to your boyfriend about your concern she may be trying to split you up. I don't think his ex would hire a hacker, they can be expensive because of the risk if they get caught. If his ex were using your network, by being close enough to get a signal, you probably would have seen her.
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  • Curious75
    You are so helpful. Thank you so much. And the ex probably knows the password to his email and our wifi password was just all numbers but all long. She never used his computer because they have been split up for 13 years. But she is a psycho crazy person who is basically homeless living with her older daughter and has sent me multiple crazy emails over the past 3 years. She needs money and his daughter doesn't even want to see her. Ugh. I need a drink and it's 9am. Just kidding. I'm just upset and want peace. I guess the only way to ever get it is to put this behind me or move on and split up. But I truly believe he didn't do it.
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  • ToddN2000
    If anything new arises and you have further computer issues let us know. We will try and point you in the right direction to secure your system. Try not to let the stress get to you. Take care and I hope it all works out.
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  • carlosdl
    Try to let it go, BUT take security measures, like the ones I and Todd have mentioned.
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