New casual job, didn't provide me with a work laptop and IT department added a VPN to my PC.

  1. You need the VPN so company data isn't flowing across public wifi networks unencrypted. It could also be that the programs they installed need to be on VPN to reach your company's servers.

  2. So you're saying that he can watch all the horse porn he wants without anyone judging him? Damn it, what a lucky guy!

  3. It would be highly illegal, but yes they technically could drop things onto your home computer through the VPN without your knowledge. Generally with this setup my only concern would be checking PH on company time. Internet traffic I would expect to be monitored, but otherwise would think your home PC is still your own.

  4. depends what programs they install to your computer, but they might have installed programs that monitor your keyboard & mouse, browser activity... Also you should probably check does those "added" programs run when you are not in your "working hours" ...

  5. "Could" these things happen? Yes. Especially any internet traffic while the vpn is active. You could set up the laptop to dual boot so that it could load an OS that doesn't have the software they loaded installed. Or an OS from an external drive. Either of those options would allow you to use the same laptop privately from them more than likely without having to remove their software. Of course anything already on there could've been accessed. And you'd need to make sure the other OS encrypts its data at shutdown (or before rebooting into the OS with their software during work) to keep that private.

  6. They can see traffic that goes through the VPN yes. Well if it’s their VPN that they set up which I assume that it is. If the website uses https they are limited in what they can see but they will still be able to see the domain name. As for the programs installed maybe they can see stuff via them depends what the programs are but it’s certainly possible.

  7. It's not uncommon. You probably need access to a folder or program off their server that can only be accessed on their network. They could determine that it's more of a security concern allowing your personal IP through the firewall so they set up a VPN for you. We do it for many of our employees that have been working remotely since Covid shutdowns.

  8. You're using your own PC for work?? back out now nope nope nope, the company is either a scam or incompetent. Do not do it, at all.

  9. Where do you work where laptops are so plentiful? My org has 6000 users and no way in hell are we giving out 6k laptops, especially to call center employees.

  10. Yes you could need the VPN. Some Call/VOIP software needs to be on the "company" network to work. A VPN makes it though your computer is on the company network.

  11. personally, id never allow my company to do this. Since it gives more control then they should ever have on my own hardware.

  12. As a curiousity in following this, if the OP used a sandboxed virtual machine, such as Parallels or VirtualBox running the VPN, would that insulate the company's potential access to their personal files, since in that case the only traffic the VPN would have access to is that of the virtual machine?

  13. They can see everything you are doing once you are inside the VPN. They might even be able to know when you have the VPN minimised and on your desktop but I doubt they would be able to check or control anything they see outside the VPN. And neither are they allowed to

  14. But when I’m not “connected” can they see things. Unsure what you mean by minimised, I’m using w11 and I go to bottom right taskbar and turn it on and off

  15. To look at it from another angle this is very bad practice for the company itself your own personal device which probably does not have business grade anti-virus installed catches a cold their network could be exposed to it also over vpn, that alone is reason for them to pay out for a properly configured and secured company laptop for you.

  16. A VPN is just a network. Your machine can’t send your webcam data to a network unless a user installs software on the machine to do so. Did you give them an admin user login? Did you install software other than the VPN?

  17. Don't give work access your personal devices. Since you already have, you better re-read your contract. You may have given them permission to wipe your computer when you leave them.

  18. Press windows key + tab to bring up the Task View pane. At the top click "New Desktop" and now you can do what you want on the new desktop.

  19. It really is this simple.. no need for paragraphs.. If they use a content filter, they'll be able to see the websites you visit but won't be able to see the content you view on that website, like they will be able to see you went to but won't be able to see the images or text on that website.. They may even be able to remote into your PC invisibly while you are connected to their VPN.. but you agreed to it, for the job, so.. just don't do anything on the clock that you wouldn't do in front of your mother. You'll be fine.

  20. You need to get on their network... that's why the VPN... They can see all the traffic that goes through that VPN although a lot is probably encrypted assume that they can. They cannot just access your computer this way. You would have to have RDP running or VNC or something.

  21. Depending how the VPN is set up, they may be able to see all internet traffic from your PC while you are connected.

  22. You need a VPN for most WFH jobs. If it's on your personal computer, just disconnect it at the end of the workday

  23. If the employer is not providing the work necessary to do the job duties, in many states, they are required to pay a leasing term for the utilization of your equipment. If they do not set one, and you want an easy way to quit while still qualifying for unemployment (if stateside) just set it high.

  24. I would download and install some virtual machine piece of software. Virutal machines are virtual computers that run within your actual physical computer.

  25. Mate, you’re fine.. do what you want it’s just how the whole, work from home thing has been.

  26. Why did you allow them to? Hopefully you signed some sort of letter of agreement regarding use of your personal asset and corporate data?

  27. Anyone at my company that needs VPN access gets a company laptop with Bitdefender and screenconnect installed. Sales staff were using VPN so I moved their sales contracts to one drive and got rid of their VPN access.

  28. we use split tunnelling, so only the subnets which need to go down the tunnel go down the tunnel. If you go to google and type in "what is my ip" what ip address do you get? if you get your home's ip address then they cant see what websites you are going to. but if you get your companies ip address then they can technically see what you are browsing if they wanted to (most companies probably wouldnt bother)

  29. If their VPN connection is not encrypted (I am almost certain it isn't) they can track whatever you do on internet, just like your ISP but its limited to internet stuff only afaik. Programs they've installed can be a shady because you never know if its malicious meaning they could track anything you can imagine. I am not trying to scare you and they are maybe not bad but you can't be really sure.

  30. The VPN installed should come with an account and 2FA at a minimum. If it doesn’t, i don’t trust it. The program should terminate when you close and not minimise. Also auto deactivation if idle for more than 5 mins or when you lock your screen

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