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I think that someone at work has logged onto my user account when I'm not in work and moved some files from my desk top to my work in progress. Can this happen? They may know my user name as this is made up of each persons name but, I don't think anyone has may password. Can they still access my desktop etc?

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to answer this we would need to know more about your network. Do you have roaming profiles that move your files with you? – Justin C Sep 20 '12 at 17:22
If you're on a domain, any domain administrators can probably login to your machine using their own username/password. – Brian Sep 20 '12 at 19:22

Yes, it's actually quite easy, assuming you're on Windows and an administrator on your computer.

  1. Start -> Right click "Computer" -> Manage
  2. Expand Event Viewer on the left pane
  3. Expand the Windows Logs folder.
  4. Click on Security.

Now check through the logs. Look for entries that have Task Category set to Logon. You can use the filter functionality to only show those entries. An audit success means that a user logged on successfully, whereas an audit failure means a user failed to log on. You can see the dates and times that these attempts occured.

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