Basically i use a laptop in work and use the internet at work for work related purposes only.
At home time i bring the laptop home and most evenings connect my Vodafone mobile dongle. I could go on boards, facebook, the dailymail/showbiz, dealpage.ie for example. Can my employer track all these pages? I accidentally discovered Google Chrome Incognito and it just made me think...
Is it a company laptop?if so they could have installed software watching what you do online..
Yup, they could if they wanted.
Well its more of a organisation than a company and it is their laptop. Is there any way i could find out if they have installed software? I would normally use my own laptop but its broken. Would Incognito allow me to browse normally without being watched?
Incognito more than likely won't make any difference if they have a robust monitoring setup.
Check if your connection is being passed through a proxy. If it is, I can guarantee you it's being monitored.
Failing that, check for any unusual applications running by opening up the task manager and going to processes.
I very much doubt your IT department are interested in what you browse on your own time via another network. If they had concerns about this they would lock down your ability to connect to a 3G network in the first place, not allow it and set up some kind of elaborate sting operation to catch you browsing facebook on a company laptop at home.
Thanks for the replies guys. Well i've processes open but not sure what i should look out for?
We don't have an IT department, just the manager, secretary and the rest of the staff
I wouldn't worry about it too much just download free Ccleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download and use it to wipe all private data (Make sure to tick delete browsing history , form data etc for firefox or internet explorer or whatever your using). Just uninstall any programs you installed and ccleaner before you give it back.
I won't be giving it back for a few months. I clear the history, browsing data and cookies every week or so.
Went through the list of applications in processes and nothing jumped out at me as being odd. Not an expert by any means though.
you could hire someone to have a look for 200 quid there advertised usually in the local papers
200 euro to search a computer for monitoring software?
Then I think it'd be reasonable to assume that it's not being monitored. Monitoring would usually be setup by IT staff with too much time on their hands and on the instructions of nosey bosses. Just clean it up and remove any history before you hand it back.