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Employer monitoring browsing history?

IBM sixnshv
May 17

I use my work laptop for everything (I know I shouldn't) including surfing job posts/applying to other jobs/ and googling random things because it's faster than my personal laptop, and more convenient since I don't want to carry 2 laptops with me all the time.

I know that companies log everything you do on your work computer, but do they ever check that stuff? Also how much data is saved and over how long?

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  • Google Blargh!
    "Googling random things"
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    May 170
  • New snorks
    They check it if they want to get rid of you and need a reason.
    May 170
  • Cisco / Eng
    truthdr007

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    They can't see what you are googling as the link is encrypted
    May 176
    • Cisco / Eng
      truthdr007

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      The ssl encrypted traffic can't be snooped unless they have a middle certificate to Snoop !
      May 17
    • Oath / EngDEADBEEFAF
      Most domain queries are not encrypted. So they know what site you visited and how much data came from the site.
      May 17
    • Cisco / Eng
      truthdr007

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      Yup so they k ow what sites you are visiting but not the subdoamins and the search strings !
      May 17
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      truthdr007

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      In short they know if you are watching porn !!🤣🤣
      May 17
    • Oath / EngDEADBEEFAF
      Or just Netflix and not working
      May 17
    • New / Eng++
      They install rogue certs and can see anything.
      May 17
  • Verb Surgical / OtherBriansm
    Don’t mess your work with personal stuff. I learned this the hard way in the past. Just buy a good laptop to carry w/ u and leave the work laptop at work.
    May 172
    • IBM sixnshv
      OP
      Yea you are right. I just thought, they technically could check me... But what are the chances they would even bother? I travel a lot and just get too lazy carrying 2 laptops. But I'll start getting in the habit of keeping the 2 separate starting from now on.... I'll clean out my work laptop as much as I can this week.
      May 17
    • Verb Surgical / OtherBriansm
      The risk is low but the consequence is usually really bad. I’ve heard people use a virtual machine and a partition with bit-locker. Not sure if IT could break into that.
      May 17
  • Sirius XM Jd0swKf
    People get fired over that sort of thing.
    May 172
    • Intel Arkn
      Fired for browsing job postings out of work hours? It's not the the OP is doing something illegal.
      May 17
    • Sirius XM Jd0swKf
      Using company property for something other than what they’re paying you to do, especially when that particular thing (like porn for example) is expressly forbidden in your employee handbook, can get you fired. Some companies have allowances for certain limited personal use allowances but a lot of companies monitor what you’re doing.
      May 18
  • Expedia Kennewick
    What is the worst thing you do, and how would you feel if it was discovered or disclosed in court?

    It’s better to assume they have access/knowledge to anything you do in the office, on their WiFi (even using your own phone on company WiFi), or on their equipment.

    Individual employers may not go that far and the law varies from state-to-state but it’s just not worth the risk.
    May 170
  • New / EngScarn
    Keyloggers
    May 170
  • Apple YMxz02
    Imagine a company needs to do an audit. How long do you think they would keep records they privately own? I’ll guess a long time.
    May 170

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