Easily Monitor Who Is Accessing Your Shared Network Files And Folders
Have you ever felt that your shared files are vulnerable and want to keep an eye on who is accessing them, but didn't know how? Well, we offer you a solution to that, and it`s called NetShareMonitor. This is a pretty useful application that can tell you almost everything that`s going on with your shared files and folders in Windows with other users within your local network.
What Is And How To Get NetShareMonitor
NetShareMonitor is a monitoring software for Windows that can watch over your files and folders shared on your local network. If you wish to learn more about advanced sharing settings, you can check out our article on How To Share Folders Using Advanced Sharing Settings in Windows . NetShareMonitor alerts you every time an unknown user accesses your shared data. This tool can even monitor your system from hackers and computer worms, so they say.
How To Install NetShareMonitor
You can download the application from the official site or you can download it from here. Once downloaded, you will find an archive which holds, surprisingly, another archive with the installation files and a text file with the password for the second archive.
Use that password and extract the contents of both archives. In our case, the password was securityxploded2007.
We recommend that you use only the Portable Version. That's because the "NetShareMonitor_Installer.exe" will trigger many antivirus alerts and prompts for malware. It seems that the install provided by the developer of this software tries to download and install dodgy software that you don't need and it might harm your computer. For example, Windows Defender said that the installer tries to install the Win32/Skeeyah.C!plock trojan alongside the actual software.
We highly recommend that you delete other files and folders and keep only the Portable Version. This version doesn't download anything suspicious on your computer and does only what you want it to do.
How to Use NetShareMonitor
Run NetShareMonitor.exe and let's take a peek on how NetShareMonitor looks.
As you can see, this application has a nice and simple to use window. The first thing that captures your attention are the three tabs: Active Session, Accessed Files and Shared Files.
The Active Session tab displays live information about all the remote devices that are connected to your computer such as: Remote Host, User, Opened Files, Start Time, Active Time and Idle Time.
The second tab is called Accessed Files and it shows you all the files that are being accessed by the remote user. This tab displays the shared folders with the remote username, file path, date and the access type of the file.
Last but not least, there's the Shared Files tab which shows all the shared files on your system and information about them like: Share Name, Description, Connections and Shared File Path.
On the right side of the window you can find the Settings button. It opens a window from which you can change the General, Session and Log Settings, according to your preferences.
The View Log button is situated in the lower right corner of the window and it displays the sessions log and the accessed files log.
This application draws your attention when someone is sniffing around your shared folders and shows you almost every detail of the user who is connected to your device and what the user is accessing at that time, but that's all that it does: it monitors. You are unable to do anything to the remote user who is accessing your files from within the tool's interface.
To protect your shared files from unknown users you must stop sharing them. In order to do that, in File Explorer open the Share tab and click on the Stop Sharing button.
If you are interested in finding out more about file sharing, check out our article on How To Use File Explorer To Share Files & Folders In Windows 8.1 and 10.
NetShareMonitor is a handy application if you are connected to networks where you suspect people are trying to force access your files. This easy to use tool will alert you when somebody is trying to view your files and will start monitoring what that person is doing there, but that's about all. It's your responsibility to change the folder's sharing settings if you don't want unwanted guests browsing it.