👍 #815 – Can My Work Spy on My Home Computer? Three Ways You Might Be Letting Them In, and What To Do

Confident Computing #815 - Can My Work Spy on My Home Computer?

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Once again the whole concept of working from home or using your home equipment for work has people concerned.

It's difficult to grasp just what's possible should your employer have prying eyes, or even malicious intent. While they need the technical chops to back it up, just about anything is possible, I'm afraid.

Can My Work Spy on My Home Computer? Three Ways You Might Be Letting Them In, and What To Do covers some of the ways you might be inadvertently giving them access, and what you can do about it.

Other articles this week

Microsoft and their product names -- so often a confusing mess. What's the Difference Between Windows Defender, Windows Security, and Microsoft Security Essentials? tries to clear up one situation.

It's often what you want, but Why Is My Laptop Running Slower When It's on Battery? Where to Look for the Settings You Can Change reviews the power settings you can control to make that speed/battery life trade-off for yourself.

The TEH Podcast

Apple stunned the industry this week, and we talked about it at length in this week's TEH Podcast. I also talked some about my new video camera, recommended the password checkup extension (which is going mainstream), and lusted after the forthcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator release. All that and (of course) more in TEH 104: ARM chips, CamLink problems, New Games and Multiple Passwords.

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This week I posted a couple of videos that haven't (yet?) made it into articles on askleo.com, so I thought I'd share them here:

How to Post to Instagram From Your PC - The Simple Trick that Lets You
Yes, you can post to Instagram from your laptop or PC.

Replacing a CMOS Battery in an Older Machine
My old machine needed a CMOS battery replacement.

The second one was filmed using that new video camera I mentioned in the TEH podcast. It's good, but my technique needs a little work. Smile

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Can My Work Spy on My Home Computer? Three Ways You Might Be Letting Them In, and What To Do

If I connect to my home computer from work, can they track what I do on my home computer? I know they are able to see what internet webpages I browse at work, but if I were to do things on my home computer using remote desktop, can they track what I do on that too?

Can they? Sure.

Do they? Maybe. It's easy to do, but hard to manage. It really depends on how you connect to your home machine and how aggressive your company is about tracking you.

Continue Reading: Can My Work Spy on My Home Computer? Three Ways You Might Be Letting Them In, and What To Do
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This Week's Articles

What's the Difference Between Windows Defender, Windows Security, and Microsoft Security Essentials?

My computers sometimes say Windows Security, sometimes Microsoft Security Essentials, and other times Windows Defender. What are they, and why are different ones showing up at different times? What's the difference? Does it really matter which one shows up?

Microsoft's product naming frustrates me to no end. They seem to have an incredible knack for picking the most confusing names possible and then changing them.

While the names Windows Security, Windows Defender, and Microsoft Security Essentials all seem innocuous enough, what they mean has changed over time. Sometimes they mean the same thing, and sometimes they don't.

Continue Reading: What's the Difference Between Windows Defender, Windows Security, and Microsoft Security Essentials?
https://askleo.com/5172

Why Is My Laptop Running Slower When It's on Battery? Where to Look for the Settings You Can Change

Hi, I've noticed my old laptop when connected to the internet runs slower when using the battery compared with AC power. Most noticeably when watching videos, YouTube etc. I've tried googling for a solution and have changed some settings in power management to try to compensate, but to no avail. I even downloaded a program which claims to solve this problem but it hasn't. As soon as I pull the AC power from the laptop, the screen noticeably dims, even when the battery is fully charged (brand new battery, by the way).

Honestly, I'm not surprised.

Let's review why it happens, what steps you might take to control it, and why you might not want to.

Continue Reading: Why Is My Laptop Running Slower When It's on Battery? Where to Look for the Settings You Can Change
https://askleo.com/5619

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