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"Unblocking" the usb-port on my company laptop for pendrives

by sundar.natarajan / June 1, 2008 5:16 PM PDT

I am using a company provided HP Laptop (Compaq nx 7300) with Windows Vista OS. Recently due to virus attacks, our sysadmin has blocked access to USB-Ports for Pendrives only, I however can continue to use other USB based devices like Mouse, Keyboard etc. I need an utility that can "unblock" this and allow me to use usb-pendrives as usual.

Thanks in advance.


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Re: unblocking USB-ports

One of our policies is that we don't give advice on how to override company imposed rules. All I can advise: contact your sysadmin or let your boss do it.


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Thanks to all who have replied.
by sundar.natarajan / June 2, 2008 2:19 PM PDT

Good sense seems to prevail and it sounds (looks) foolish for me to try and "unblock" what has been intentionally "blocked" by our sysadmin keeping in mind various security aspects. Will look at other solutions (wine, whiskey, w(v)odka) now...!! Happy


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2008 12:47 AM PDT

I find that Beer when given to IT or BOSS unlocks this issue.

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Some might prefer WINE or WHISKEY or WODKA.
by Kees Bakker / June 2, 2008 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Beer.

Or isn't that allowed in alcohol-scary USA?


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by Willy / June 2, 2008 2:42 AM PDT

You're defeating the "locks/safety" required and thus you're hacking and/or attacking the system. If your system ever becomes infected and you place the flashdrive or system to the network, guess what, you've become the source of an infection. Is your job worth that much? As the others explained work with your people and see what they can do for ya.
AND, if you're granted permission, keep it to yourself, as others may want similar privileges and guess what, you're back to square 1 and system(network) can be more easily comprised.

tada -----Willy Happy

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