Can I See History Of User Using My Mobile Hotspot?

Your Quick Answer:

To see the browsing history through your hotspot of a user, you have to point your hotspot to a DNS server that allows viewing logs and requests made by the connected users. OpenDNS is one of those servers that can record the sites by list.

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You can use a router to extend the hotspot network coverage area and allow connecting other users on that router network (instead of the hotspot network) to see how many people are connected to your hotspot network & manage them from the router admin panel.

Another technique that is actually done by the open DNS server and if you set the open DNS IP address on your settings by eliminating the default DNS IP address (provided by the ISP) you can track the historical data of other users on your hotspot network.

If it’s a WiFi device then you can easily track down the users connected to the WiFi by seeing the active device status.

But, the Hotspot network, needs an advanced app to track down users’ data or the people being active on the network.

But, you wouldn’t find the specific user details, you’ll only be able to find out all of the websites that got visits.

⭐️ Benefits of viewing browsing history on your Hotspot:

If you are having limited data usage on your hotspot then tracking the browsing history of your connected users might help you understand if the data is used for important purposes or not.

This system is normally introduced with the child control by the parent that Cisco offers with its OpenDNS servers.

viewing browsing history on your Hotspot

With this system, you can see the browsing history of the connected users of that network. You will be able to see the details of websites that got the requests but particularly you cannot see the user who does this. But, that is possible if monitoring is being done on each user.

All you can do is get multiple hotspot Networks and connect different users to different networks & you can check what they search through different OpenDNS accounts.

How to view the browsing history of a Hotspot:

If you are going to track the history of your hotspot network then you can do this in two ways.

As you know you can log in with a Google account on the chrome browser and see the history that someone browse while logged in to that Google account. But, the OpenDNS works in a different way.

1. Using Google Account: (Spying LEGALLY)

Just by logging into your Google account, can see all the browsing data from that computer. You have to set a Gmail ID on that computer that you want to track and turn on the ‘Web & App Activity’ option for that account.

Using Google Account

After that, you can track all of the data that a person browses while logged in with that account irrespective of which hotspot network or any other network he is connected to.

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The drawback is, that if the person opens any websites through the incognito browser, then the tracking of the Google account would not work and you have to take the help from the OpenDNS server by setting it up on your hotspot network.

To view the history with Google Account:

1. Ask the users to log in with a default Google account.

2. Make sure your browsing history is turned on.

The process is instant once the person does any searches on Google or visits any websites, the data gets recorded on the account and you can see it live.

2. Viewing History through DNS:

Having a Google DNS for your Static IP is safe and recommended. But, in case of while you want to track the history of browsing statistics over the hotspot network you have to take help from the custom DNS servers that you need to set on your hotspot Static IP configuration.

Viewing History through DNS

After that, you have to create an account on the OpenDNS website with the static IP details and others to view the requests made from your hotspot network for every website to visit.

Here are the steps to follow:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Just create a hotspot network and use the OpenDNS servers IP addresses (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220).

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Step 2: Once you set the IPs on your hotspot network, create an account on OpenDNS with all necessary details to track down & view the browsing history of all connected users.

Step 3: Now, after a few hours, you will see all of the requests made from the network and the list is auto-updated after a particular period of time.

You will be able to see the list of domain users visited but if it’s an HTTPS server, you cannot see what they do after visiting that website. You will only see the direct requests (in numbers) made through the hotspot server with no user details. These details are enough if you are looking for the list of domains users visit every day i.e. Facebook.com (500 requests), twitter.com (104 requests), etc.

Precautions:

While you’re viewing the data of other users, before that you have to take a few precautions and steps that make the process safe.

  • You have to show a notification to get allowed others to connect to your hotspot network if you’re going to track users’ data as per the privacy policy.
  • You can store the data safely and cannot be used in the form of your personal use.
  • While you’re using any third-party DNS, you also share the data with them. So, be cautious about this and do work wisely.
  • While you want to turn off the browsing history always set the DNS server to default that provided by your ISP.

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained that if you want to track the users using the hotspot network then there are several ways to track them. If it’s just the number of users connected to the device then this is easier to find and also if you want to get the browsing history then the OPENDNS would help you out.

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