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peter pan1

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Hi Everyone,

Iím new to this site, but it all looks good, hope you can help me.

Iíve got a broadband connection that is paid for by the company I work for. When I set it up, I had to give passwords usernames etc and I know that when Iím using my company laptop they can monitor what pages I go on, email etc.

However, I also have a private laptop that Iíd like to use to be able to surf the internet (without my company watching). I just plugged the DSL connection in the back and it seems to work fine even though I havenít installed any software given to me by my company on my private laptop.

So my question is, will they be able to monitor what Iím doing even though I donít go through their VPN? My concern is that they can still monitor me through information my router has, or my service provider has (BT)?

Can anyone shed any light on this subject for me, as Iím really unsure as how this whole thing works and I donít want to get in trouble with work!!

Many thanks for your anticipated help

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Hi peter,

If this is just a broadband connection provided by an ISP like Comcast your employer is not likely to know that the pc they provided you is connected unless you are connected to their network via VPN. They probably have no issue with your using the connection when not working and would probably prefer you use your own pc for your private surfing and research as to not compermise their machine.

You might want to ask them to be sure of their policies on such things, but I can't imagine they would have an issue with it.
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I've always liked a fair amount of privacy, using a VPN for sharing (google hamachi)files and whatnot, if modifying your browser for anonymous searching is too time consuming, try using a browser that doesn't leave any trace of your searches on your pc(google browzar) ie No cache, history anything, nice and clean.
Silverbeard has a good point, unless you are connected to their network, they are unlikely to know.
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