Rat In The House
I would like to start by saying I am not a computer programmer, and have pretty much zero knowledge of computer programming. However, I have a story that I think you may find interesting, and I coud use your help.
I believe one of my coworkers is using his computer to access information that he should not be able to. Since he has worked at our location, he has consistently found ways to give himself an advantage. In our line of work, we are paid by the job. He has always found ways around the system we are supposed to adhere to, to ensure he recieves as many of the better paying jobs as he can. Leaving the rest of us more of the lower paying jobs.
He is able to do this because he has found ways to access information that people in our position are not supposed to see. This enables him to see what jobs are available, and to avoid the ones he doesn't want.
He recently had computer problems, and was given a different one. I believe the computer he was given came from another location (call it Location X) in our organization. Earlier today, he was seen on a computer that wasn't his, looking at information he really had no reason to be viewing.
This upset a number of us. When he left for the day, he left his computer on, and the software our company uses open. I decided that since he had been looking at my information, I would take a look at his.
When I did, I reallized that I could see information I should not be allowed to access. It appears that he was signed into the software as an employee of Location X.
I could see information about the business of Location X that I shoud never have been able to view. I closed the program and logged in as myself (keep in mind I'm using my coworker's computer). I found I was not able to access the information any more. This tells me he must have obtained the username and password of someone who works at Location X.
My question: Is there a way he could have found the username and password for that program somewhere in the computer from Location X?
Well.. I don't know much about hacking, cookies, data recovery etc.. but I know that if something goes on a computer, it can almost always be found later - they do this when they investigate crime and such. It could even be as simple as the password being saved/remembered on the log in page.
I'm pretty sure the username and password were not saved in the program. We all use the same software, and I do not have that option. This is why I'm wondering if you can find information like this somewhere in the computer. I've seen tutorials showing how to reset windows passwords using what looks like ms dos, but are you also able to retrieve login info for any program installed on the computer? I would like to try to find my login info for this particular program on my own computer, just to prove to myslef whether it's possible for him to have done that or not. If anyone could point me in the right direction of how to do that, I would really appreciate it.
One of the most common places for folks to save passwords is on a post-it stuck to the bottom of the keyboard. There are many ways for people to save usernames and passwords in case they forget them - I'm not sure how or why you want to guess which way was used in this particular case, as it seems you've already determined that this employee has access that doesn't belong to him.
Talk to the boss, get it handled.