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how to track log ins in a windows file system?


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#1 lexipad

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:07 AM

Is there a software/ tool that I could use for me to know when someone in my Windows file systems creates or modifies any of my files? What are my options?



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:24 AM

That depends where those files are located. Are they in, for example, your documents, desktop or dowloaded files? Or are they in program files?

 

Do you just want to know when they were modified or you would you prefer to stop them being modified/accessed?

 

Or is it more of a tracking thing you are after?



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:22 AM

That topic is built in to windows in any case, to see it all you need is a good file manager program.

 

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:23 PM

There are several types of programs available which can monitor the installation of files, folders, modifications to the registry, file changes, deletions, etc. Some are more specific than others...some provide additional security protection so it depends on what you are looking for and how comprehensive you want the monitoring to be.

UserAssist by Didier Stevens displays all the data from the UserAssist registry keys which registers programs launched via Windows Explorer. This utility displays a table of programs executed with a running count and last execution date and time.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:59 PM

How to report on who accessed a file or folder. http://webspy.com/blogs/how-to-report-on-who-accessed-a-file-or-folder/
Optimizing Log File Size For Analysis And Reporting. http://webspy.com/blogs/optimising-log-file-size-for-analysis-and-reporting/

Audit File Access and Change in Windows. http://blogs.splunk.com/2013/07/08/audit-file-access-and-change-in-windows/
 

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 05:33 PM

As explained in the Splunk blog post by Crazy Cat, you need to configure object access auditing for files and folders.

Be aware that this will generate a lot of events, unless you configure it for a limited set of files.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:06 PM

This recommended powerbroker to me by a consultant lets me wonder how it works. So I'm planning to use it. Anyone here familiar with this?



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:45 AM

I'm familiar with PowerBroker on Linux. But it's not a file system monitoring tool.


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