Can my employer see what I do at home when I am connected to VPN?


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    Can my employer see what I do at home when I am connected to VPN?


    I work remotely. All equipment belongs to me. My personal laptop/internet. To work I have to start a vpn session and log into a computer at the office using RDP.

    Since I have dual monitors I run my rdp session on one screen and I usually have youtube or netflix up in the background on the second screen. I am wondering if its possible for my employer to see what I am doing outside of my rdp window since I am connected to company vpn?
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    plainidollover2 said:
    I work remotely. All equipment belongs to me. My personal laptop/internet. To work I have to start a vpn session and log into a computer at the office using RDP.

    Since I have dual monitors I run my rdp session on one screen and I usually have youtube or netflix up in the background on the second screen. I am wondering if its possible for my employer to see what I am doing outside of my rdp window since I am connected to company vpn?
    It's possible. Because the company you are logging into it can be legally argued it's your use the company has the right to know about but it may be possible the VPN can prevent it. There has become a number of VPNs available so it tough to know what all they can do. The 'fear' of what can and can't be done with remote work may be why I've seen Refurbished and lower-end Notebooks and Chromebooks raised in prices since I got my last in summer of 2019, what was $159 is now almost doubled. Supply and Demand is proudly at work.
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    Most will depend upon how the VPN traffic is handled. For example, on my work laptop that I have at home, when it connects via the VPN, all traffic from my laptop goes through the VPN. So, any web surfing, etc....goes through my work connection. Therefore, they are aware that I am on personal sites.

    Some have split tunneling enabled, so traffic destined for things in the office go through the VPN, while other personal traffic goes through your own connection. Easiest way to tell which way you are going is to open a computer at home and hit https://whatismyipaddress. Then, from your computer with the work VPN enabled, do the same thing. if the IP is the same, you have split tunneling in place. If the IP is different, your web traffic is going through the VPN.
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    pparks1 said:
    Most will depend upon how the VPN traffic is handled. For example, on my work laptop that I have at home, when it connects via the VPN, all traffic from my laptop goes through the VPN. So, any web surfing, etc....goes through my work connection. Therefore, they are aware that I am on personal sites.

    Some have split tunneling enabled, so traffic destined for things in the office go through the VPN, while other personal traffic goes through your own connection. Easiest way to tell which way you are going is to open a computer at home and hit https://whatismyipaddress. Then, from your computer with the work VPN enabled, do the same thing. if the IP is the same, you have split tunneling in place. If the IP is different, your web traffic is going through the VPN.
    Thank you. I did this and the ips were the same. I also did this inside the RDP session. Im not sure that it matters, but there the address was different.
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    If they set up a Virtual Terminal Server for you to connect to then outside the server you'd be using your personal connection.

    Anything set up here can be seen:

    Can my employer see what I do at home when I am connected to VPN?-remote-desktop-connection.jpg
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  6. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi there
    What's possible and what's legal aren't always the same things.

    If you are using your own equipment and only logon to the company server via "Virtual Infrastructure such as a Virtual terminal server " then anything you do on that server is potentially available for company "goons" to look at etc. Outside that then its your own gear and they shouldn't (even if they could) monitor that at all.

    Using Company kit though is another ballgame totally.

    Of course if you are paid to work for so many hours and spend a lot of time watching movies etc / doing your own thing then a company has a right to know if duties are being performed properly.

    This whole issue with remote working is a bit of a mine field -- personally in that situation I'd have 2 separate machines - but of course not everbody can afford or even want to do that.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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