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How to stop my boss from watching us?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by LadderToAnita, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. LadderToAnita New Member

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    These days we are told that all our computers have been installed monitoring software, which is strong and powerful enough to record all our computer activities when our computer is running, including email, websites, applications, screen snapshots and instant messages.

    First I do not believe there is such metamorphic software and I try to download and install in my own computer. To my astonishment, it does successfully record everything in the server side, even content with detailed information of the mail I sent.

    Even though there is no such monitoring software I would work hard by myself. I do feel insecure when I know I am under watching the whole day. How to stop such situation? Is it legal for our company to do like that?
    Help please.
     
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    When you're at work, only do things pertaining to your job and there shouldn't be a problem. I assume the company you work for owns the computer you're using, so I believe it's in their right to do this. BTW, you're the best spammer ever. Great topic! :toast:
     
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    You most likely signed some agreement giving them the right to monitor besides if you were using my computer I would like to make sure your not doing anything illegal.
     
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    What do you expect? You are using their computer, their network and their electricity, during the time they hire you to work for them.
     
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    i do know what you mean..... sometimes it feels like they treat you like a child and you wonder "really? don't they have anything better to do then to watch us?"
    While like I said I understand....you got to look at it from your employments point of view. You are using their computers. If you were to start using their computers inappropriately.... then they would be held liable. That's just how it works..... you can't blame them for wanting to protect their business and possibly their data.
    However if you are slick and have a little time.... it shouldn't take too much searching to find options around certain security loop holes for internet and so on. Just remember if you get caught using these work around's.... you could find yourself in more trouble then if you just followed the rules and in this economy why risk your job?
     
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    Morals and legality aside, get a Linux build on a usb stick that you can run from boot or within windows. At your own peril of course. You can also run certain browsers from a usb stick, it's not really hard to google for suggestions on what your looking to do, your boss may not take a dim view of it however....
     
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    See.... :) Told yah not hard Depending on how secured it is... using a https// can be enough to get around some security rules.
     
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    Quit ... And yes its legal for them to spy on you. Everything is recorded and can go back many months. Every e mail even after you delete it
     
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    Although it should not be done and the computer will be show down time.


    It's their gear like others have said if you don't like it buy a cheap laptop and go a cafe shop for what you wont to do as every thing else should be work related.

    EDIT: And there is such software as they monitor the systems at my wifes work place although she works in a hospital so you would expect it however if i was paying some one $7+ a hour i would monitor as well if i had reason to think i needed.
     
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    I'm a systems administrator and I can tell you one thing. Your machine is for work, we don't monitor it like a hawk and say to our selves, "I'm going to watch Johny ALL DAY LONG!" However if there is a problem, we will check it, and there was a contract that everyone signed (except me, muwahahaha,) that says when you're using on one of our machines you have absolutely zero expectation of privacy. If you have something to hide, you might want to quit before they find it. :wtf:

    All in all, what do you have to hid if you're doing your job? Just don't play games all day or even contemplate looking at porn.
     
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    In reply to most of the above responses let me add he's from China. Most of you may retry.


    If you'd try that here you'd get sued, that's under the minimum.
     
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    I don't care how much our employees make, that isn't my concern and I'm willing to bet that isn't the concern for the Sys Admin where he works. All in all, you have no expectation of privacy, just don't do stupid things and you'll be fine.
     
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    Why are we at work for?
     
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    Personally I'd say to get paid.
     
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    Aquinus Resident Wat-man

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    Typically you get paid to do something specific, not usually to play games, watch porn, or spend all day on TPU. As much as I would like to spend the better part of my work day on TPU. ;)
     
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    I am glad my work does not have this types of programs. I have admin rights to my laptop cause I am in IS and a part of the help desk so if I need to install a program I have the option.
     
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    That doesn't mean that you're local system admin can't hijack your computer. I can access any laptop or machine where I work with the exception of the CEO and CIO. Honestly, I don't need to install any extra software to do this, it's part of OS X, and quite frankly, it's part of Windows as well.
     
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    I can do the same as well. Yes as long as its plugged into our network, anyone with the VNC password can access my PC at anytime.
     
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    Ours don't even have to be on site. Our laptops automatically connect to the VPN when internet is available. :)
     
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    We have a VPN connection but requires a smart card and pin. I believe they do this cause people kept loosing laptops and they didn't want anyone else being able to access company files. I actually prefer the extra security cause I have sensitive company documents on my personal network drive that I wouldn't want anyone else outside the company to see.
     
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    My boss did this. They even started to the use the camera at the top of the monitor to see if I was talking or not and if it was work related. I put tape over the camera and told my boss to fire me if the work isn't getting done. I honestly don't give a crap about such things. I do my job? Don't like it? Fire me.

    China? Yes sir Ill be happy to install that camera in my butt.
     
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    I think this is a spam post for the monitoring software, but the discussion is interesting.

    In the US there are virtually no regulations on employee monitoring.
    They can monitor all computer activity.
    They can put up cameras just about anywhere, except where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (like bathrooms).
    They can record audio (there are some restrictions on this)
    They can record phone calls (some restrictions on personal calls, if allowed, that has to do with client confidentiality (lawyers, doctors, etc))
    The can GPS track any company vehicles, and in some cases GPS track your personal vehicle.
    They can monitor your personal smartphone and personal laptop in some cases.
    They can externally monitor your social media activity (twitter, facebook, etc.)

    Basically as the laws are now, they can monitor almost anything unless they specifically allow you to do something in their policy, which would eliminate their right monitor that activity. Also, they do not have to tell you they are monitoring you, have it in their policy or have any signed consent documentation.
     
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    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    ...and now you are a freelance digital artist. Coincidence? :laugh:


    The name was never mentioned...
     
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    Uhm I make sure I get paid to be on tpu.. Getting paid right now..lol.
     
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    I'm not freelance. I get paid a salary and I still work for the same company that tried that crap. I just work from home now with a VPN. My skills are not something you can find easily.
     

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