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by Mystical-89 / June 9, 2013 4:40 AM PDT

I have a question. I have a work laptop that is only used at home, therefore I connect with my own modem. I use it for work, and occasionally facebook. I've had it for a couple of months now.

The other day, I opened it only to find a porn website live. I never knew, but my brother had been sneaking on for months to use it for porn. He always used Private Browsing. My question is, will this be shown at all?

I have used CCleaner, and deleted all history. Will it be shown on the hard drive? If so, how can I delete it and can work track it?

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You could download free Treesize
by wpgwpg / June 9, 2013 4:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Please Help!

The free program Treesize can be downloaded and run. It will show you everything that's on the computer. Re your brother, I think I'd password protect the computer so he can't use it. I'd also be sure to have everything backed up to an external hard drive.
Good luck.

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Not Sure
by Mystical-89 / June 11, 2013 3:35 AM PDT

I'm a complete amateur when it comes to computers. It was always at home he used it, and since it was, I presume everything would be logged onto the modem? And that it went through our IP address, would work still be able to track it?

Also, can they phone my internet provider and ask for the websites I (or my brother) has visited on that laptop? My friend used something called Fine Tune Registry (I think) to my computer, and she said that should cure the problem.

Any help is appreciated, and thanks so much for the advice already! x

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Re: private mode
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 9, 2013 5:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Please Help!

In Private Mode, no history and cookies should be stored on the hard disk. So things done in private mode can never be tracked by your employer.
How often does you employer check? And is using it for viewing porn explicitely forbidden?

But I'm afraid that doesn't exclude that malware can be installed. But, of course, that can be done also when you use it and allow it.


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Kees, what about keyloggers?
by wpgwpg / June 9, 2013 5:40 AM PDT
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You're assuming there's no keylogger installed, aren't you Kees?

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We love our keyloggers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2013 11:15 AM PDT

At the office we tested a few, the best one was the hardware version. It goes inline with the keyboard and no one noticed it.

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Re: keyboggers
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 9, 2013 5:05 PM PDT

If the work installed a keylogger, and is checking the results, they might know. But swecretly spying on your employees that way is not legal.


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Private Mode
by Mystical-89 / June 14, 2013 10:21 PM PDT
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My employer never checks. I was just given it and stated 'to work from home'. That was pretty much it.

It was always done at home through our home modem. Is there anyway work can check what has been done on my home modem?

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Re: checking
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 15, 2013 8:24 PM PDT
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No, modems don't keep history.


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