Tech Question for you guys on secure internet connections?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mra85a, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. mra85a macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Ok, so I am not 100% sure if this is where this should go, but my quesiton is this..

    I am about to start working from home for my job. I am going to be linked in, through my internet provider/router, to my companies network so I can access everything I normally would at work.

    My question is, since I am using my personal internet to access my company's network, is my wireless connection to my laptop going to be secure still, or will my company have access to it?

    I just want to know if I can go online on that personal laptop without the company accessing my browsing history (which, btw, is illegal I would assume).

    Thanks for the answers in advance!
  2. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Yes, you can still look at porn at home, but presumably not during work hours.
  3. mra85a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    That wasn't exactly what I was asking at all. My set up will be a desktop that is a wired network to my router, then a connection to my company's network.

    What I was asking, is if I am browsing the internet on my laptop while at work, are they able to access my personal computer?

    Is my wireless network accessible to them, or can they only see what I am browsing on the company issued computer that they gave me?
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Just so I'm clear...

    You have a desktop at home which is ethernet connected. You access your companies info through a VPN or something similar but want to check if your office will be able to see what you're browsing on your personal laptop that's connected through WiFi to the same internet connect that your work desktop is running off of?

    No, I don't think so. While they can monitor what you do on the desktop, you can use your own internet and own hardware to do what you want with. I'm not even sure it's possible for them to see what's going on with the rest of the network with that setup.
  5. mra85a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Ok, thanks, that is exactly how it is set up. I just want to make sure if I am on youtube or espn while connected, that they can't access my home devices. I mean, I have a roommate to, so they would be able to monitor him too if they did that.

  6. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011

    As a network admin I'll answer this..

    Hook to the office via the VPN, I can see your machine. Not your Network unless the VPN originates from the router and not the machine. Browse the internet across that VPN, I can track where you go. Follow work policies on access, you'll have no issues. Don't follow them and I'll have full logging of what you did to violate it at your meeting with HR before your exit interview.

    If you're on a company owned machine it's the companies property and I legally have the right to track anything you do on it. It's company property and you have no expectation of privacy.

    Trick is to disconnect from the VPN and only use your personal machines. Even if I could track you at that point what you do is your business. It gets a bit into a gray area if as a company I reimburse for that internet access.
  7. mra85a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    I'm not browsing anything on the company machine, just my personal laptop.

    The connection originates from the work desktop, so I assume that anything I would view on my laptop would not be viewable then.
  8. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Absolutely correct. sounds like you're golden.
  9. mra85a thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Thank you much!
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Routers use normally NAT to separate different networks.

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