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Remote logins

edited Feb 2012 in Science & Tech
Hi, do ISPs log remote logins ?? As in, if I attempted to login to my desktop at home from my laptop at work, would my ISP providers (for my home) log that a remote login attempt was made to my desktop at home ?? Thanks.


  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I seriously doubt that, but what method of access are you trying? I use Teamviewer for that purpose with web login.
  • Hi, Thanks for your feedback. I am brand new and don't know a lot. In fact, I haven't attempted remote access yet and am in the process of learning more. Would Teamviewer help me track remote logins? Thanks ! Are there any ways of logging in that won't let me (or my home ISP) track remote logins ?? Thanks a lot for your help in this regard.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    No. TeamViewer is a remote "login" itself (it allows you to view a remote system with minimal setup), but you have to actually be logged in to the computer. You can monitor who had successful login events (though I don't think you are actually asking about that) through the Computer Management interface (Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Security). If you are worried that someone has their own remote access to your system via a virus, you'd have to check for any suspicious services/programs running or just run some virus scans. Your ISP does not care who/what is logging on to your computer.
  • Thanks, Tushon. That is actually what I am asking - can I know who all had successsful login events into my laptop ? Also, for how long does TeamViewer store that information ?

    Furthermore, when I use TeamViewer to login remotely to someone else's laptop, then will my ISP be recording it ? I know that ordinarily they won't care but what if there was a legal problem and I subpeonaed my ISP with a court order ? Would they then be able to provide records of a TeamViewer login on a certain date at a certain time to do a certain activity? I am asking because I was told that any activity done using a renote laptop would make use of that laptop's MAC address & IP address, not my own.

    Basically, I just want to know if ISPs have the ability to detect and record remote logins ?? Whether they 'care' about it or not is a different story unless, of course, they get a court order !!

    Thank you again for helping me understand this. This is all hypothetical, but I am a little paranoid and just want to know the risks involved (and all possible solutions available to me) before I do anything I am fully not clear about and / or allow other people access to my laptop.
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    TeamViewer doesn't give you this information, the Windows Event Viewer does.

    Assuming Vista/7:
    Start, right-click 'Computer', select 'Manage', click 'Event Viewer', select 'Security' or 'System'. Both of them will report logins, though they say so differently.

    Your ISP doesn't record that kind of info. All they see (at least they should be only seeing) is traffic in and out of your modem.

    If they're doing deep packet inspection, they could tell that you were using TeamViewer, but not the user that logged in or anything like that.
  • I hope you gentlemen don't think I am too paranoid, I am just a newbie trying to learn this stuff. Will someone be able to erase their login details from Windows Event Viewer ?

    Also, is 'deep packet inspection' easily done (especially when presented with a court order) ?
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    1. There is very much such a thing as being too paranoid. If you suspect this might be something your ISP does on a regular basis, you should be able to do some searching on them. If they're doing this type of thing regularly, there will be consumer complaints.
    2. I don't know that you can remove entries from the event viewer, but you would have to be a privileged user to do so.
    3. Deep packet inspection is available to all ISPs these days. The software to do it is readily available and trivial to implement. Some ISPs use it to block people running BitTorrent on alternate ports, for example. It's not really in wide use, and ISPs will generally only do it for specific circumstances (like those who care about BT traffic, for example), particularly because the amount of data generated even by one user would take a lot of effort to analyze on a wholesale basis.
  • Thank you, Alex. Much appreciated.
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