Mobile Hotspot History

View History of User using your Mobile Hotspot 

My hotspot data is being deleted very quickly, so I was looking for logs to find out which sites are receiving the most requests from my hotspot server. Then I got the word ‘DNS’.

To view your user's browsing history through Hotspot, you need to point your Hotspot to a DNS server that allows you to view logs and requests made by connected users. OpenDNS is one of the servers that can record sites by list.

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I thought many times that if I could search the history for other users on the hotspot to control the network and it was only possible if I could find out the details of the site from the users connected to my hotspot.

View History of User using your Mobile Hotspot



I got this strategy which is actually done by Open DNS Server and if you set the open DNS IP address in your settings by deleting the default DNS IP address (provided by ISP) then you can track the historical data of other users of your hotspot internet. However, you will not be able to search for specific user details, you will only be able to find websites that you have visited.

Here, in this article, I will share the method I used to search for user requests and open the site list in the last few hours.

The ability to view browsing history on your hotspot

If you use limited data on your hotspot, looking up the browning history of your connected users can help you determine if the data has been used for important purposes.

This system is usually introduced with the parental control of the child that Cisco offers with its OpenDNS server.

This system allows you to view the browsing history of what users connected to that network requested. You'll be able to see the details of the websites that received the requests, but not specifically the user. It is helpful to define how many users are connected to this network.

What I did for my personal purpose was that two of my friends were connected to my hotspot and I was looking for what they were looking for on my hotspot network and they found out that they had requested 1332 of other requests out of our work and Of course they did this camouflage when I set up my Gmail ID for tracking for computers but it still got caught on the open DNS server. OpenDNS can display all requests but you can see who they are.

All you can do is get multiple hotspot networks and connect different users to different networks and test what they're looking for through different OpenDNS accounts.

How to view hotspot browsing history?

If you are going to track the history of your hotspot network, you can do it in two ways. As you know, you can log in with a Google Account in the Chrome browser and view the browsing history logged in to that Google Account. However, OpenDNS works differently which we will discuss in this context.

Using a Google Account: (Legally Spying)

Log in to your Google Account to see all browsing data from that computer. On that computer you need to set up a Gmail ID that you want to track and activate the 'Web and Application Activity' option for the account. After that, you can track all the data browsed by the person while logging in with that account on your Hotspot network or any other network on that PC.

The error is that if a person opens a website through a camouflage browser, the Google account tracking will not work and you will need to enlist the help of the OpenDNS server on your Hotspot network.

To view history with Google Accounts:

1. Ask users to login with a default Google Account.

2. Make sure your browsing history is turned on.

This process is instantaneous once people search Google or visit a website that records the data and you see it live.

View history via DNS

Having Google DNS for your static IP is safe and recommended. However, when you want to track the history of browsing statistics on the Hotspot network you need to take the help of a custom DNS server that you need to set in your Hotspot static IP configuration.

Then, to view requests from your Hotspot network for each website visit, you'll need to create an account on the OpenDNS website, including static IP details and others.

Here are the steps to follow:

1. Simply create a hotspot network and use the IP addresses of the OpenDNS server (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220).

2. Once you've set up an IP on your Hotspot network, create an account in OpenDNS with all the necessary details to track and view browsing history from all connected users.

3. Now after a few hours, you will see all the requests made from the network and the list will be updated automatically after a certain period of time.

You will be able to see the list of domain users visited, but if it is an HTTPS server, you will not see what they will do after visiting that website. You'll only see requests directly on the Hotspot server without user details. If you are looking for a list of domain users used every day, such as Facebook.com (500 requests), Twitter.com (104 requests), these details are enough.

Warning:

When you look at another user's data, you need to take a few precautions and steps to make the process safer.
i) If you are going to track users' data in accordance with the Privacy Policy, you will need to display a notification to allow them to connect to your Hotspot network.
ii) You can store data securely and not be used in the form of your personal use.
 
iii) When you use third-party DNS, you share data with them. So, be careful about this and act wisely.
 
iv) Always set the DNS server as the default provided by your ISP when you want to turn off browsing history or use Google DNS to turn off browsing data tracking.
 

Conclusion

If you want to view browsing data from users on the network, you must get permission from your users. You can do this by simply showing a notification to allow sharing of browsing data and if they allow, someone can connect to the hotspot and you can view the record. If you do this, it is legal to use a DNS server for tracking.
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