Not Thrilled About Using Personal PC For Work - PC Repairs & Upgrades - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Do It Yourself > PC Repairs & Upgrades

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Like Tree18Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 03-22-2020, 06:12 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 250
Rewards Points: 498
Default

Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


My employer is very concerned about spread of the COVID-19 virus. So they are currently testing a remote system with virtual private network before they send us home to work.


I'm not thrilled about using my own desktop PC for work, for reasons of privacy and wear and tear on personal equipment. My PC has dual boot since I have a standard hard drive and a solid state drive.


You might say I should just be happy that I am healthy with a job. Well, I am. But it is my only PC and it might be my only link to the outside world some day.



I figure on dedicating the hard drive for work related stuff and using the solid state drive for personal. Will an IT administrator somehow be able to access my personal solid state drive while I am using the other hard drive for work related?
Nik333 and Nealtw like this.
Rangerxlt is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-22-2020, 07:24 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Upper mid-west
Posts: 3,033
Rewards Points: 4,554
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Tell them you don't have a home PC and need them to supply a laptop.
stick\shift is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-22-2020, 07:31 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 250
Rewards Points: 498
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


That was my mistake in telling them I owned a PC like my other co-workers. They came around and asked. But I also told them I don't use Windows and I don't have a monthly Internet plan. Which is true. So they are looking into that. I suspect a few people will use their PC's for awhile and then just say their PC 'broke'
ajaye likes this.
Rangerxlt is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-22-2020, 07:38 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 11,268
Rewards Points: 1,288
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Quote:
I figure on dedicating the hard drive for work related stuff and using the solid state drive for personal. Will an IT administrator somehow be able to access my personal solid state drive while I am using the other hard drive for work related?
Depends on how your machine was set up and if your employer can log in remotely/monitor.

You can set permissions on all the critical folders of the ssd so only the os/login on that drive can access. May require a professional version of windows to do it.
__________________
I am not in the business of any trade I give advice on. I have non-professional hvac experience + good knowledge of theory. Attempt repairs at your own risk. Never jump out safeties - especially pressure switches - on a furnace for testing with fuel supply on; use a meter. Do not troubleshoot with live line voltage present unless there's no alternative.
user_12345a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 07:43 PM   #5
Member
 
ZZZZZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Middle of nowhere, AZ
Posts: 8,820
Rewards Points: 1,862
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Since you have two drives, you can put all of your personal files on one drive and your work files on the other.

This isn't a foolproof solution but you can turn off "Sharing" on your personal drive.

If nothing else, you can unplug your personal drive until you are done with work and you log out of the VPN.
.
.
__________________
Just my 7 cents (2 cents after taxes and inflation).
ZZZZZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 07:58 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Coastal British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 219
Rewards Points: 438
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Your company IT folks would to be far too busy dealing with having a bunch of non-corporate computers connecting to their network to have time spying on what you have on your computer. The idea of having a possibly virus-laden home computer connect to a corporate network gives me shivers. I hope that any company that I own stock in isn’t doing that.

Since presumably you have a work computer, are you sure that they are not testing a remote control system that would allow you to sit at your home computer and run your work computer as if you were sitting there? That is very easy to do and involves little risk of viruses on home computers getting onto the corporate network and no ability for the company IT folks to see what is on your computer.

Chris
SPS-1, Nealtw, Mystriss and 1 others like this.
Chris616 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 08:06 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 5,446
Rewards Points: 9,806
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Quote:
Originally Posted by Rangerxlt View Post
I'm not thrilled about using my own desktop PC for work........
I predict you will be after a couple of weeks.

A 5 step, 15 second commute to work. No dress code. Nobody walking in while you are concentrating on something and asking "could you please...."

I find the disappearance of interruptions as a huge productivity improver.

This computer has been on basically 24/7 since 2009. There is no wear and tear on a computer from doing calculations. Markings on my keyboard are starting to lose some ink, but my keyboard is from maybe 2005. Although true that hard-drives have a finite lifespan. Move the porm to a password protected folder.
ZZZZZ and ajaye like this.
SPS-1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 09:24 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Kremmling, CO about 7500'
Posts: 1,729
Rewards Points: 1,410
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


I worked from home for a long time. And on the road. Granted it was not my personal PC all the time, but it was at first.

As someone who worked in the IT area, they are not concerned about what is on your personal space. Heck, we were not really concerned with you watching **** at work. Unless of course you downloaded it then we got miffed. Wasting a company resource.

We worry more about what virus and other stuff you could bring in to our network. And what you do bring on your flash drive that you plug in.

There is no wear and tear on your personal computer Just remember to turn it off and shut down periodically. And close your browsers at least twice a day. If you are running an SSD, just do a restart with everything open and they should reopen once it restarts.
__________________
The only stupid question is the one you DON'T ask!

ktownskier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2020, 11:09 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: NY and FL
Posts: 894
Rewards Points: 1,792
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


I would ask for a computer from work. What about the computer you use at work? Why not take that home? Do they expect you to leave their computer behind and use your own?
If I could not get a computer from work and faced lay-off without having one, I would buy a cheap reconditioned computer from Amazon. I would rather spend a day or two of pay than be out of work.
Old Thomas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 01:19 AM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 691
Rewards Points: 1,382
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


1. i stopped using HDDs as boot drives a long time ago. not worried about "wear and tear". I have had my monster PC running for years continuously with no signs of issues.

2. if you are concerned, spin up a VM and do all your work stuff from there. problem solved.
stick\shift likes this.
u3b3rg33k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 07:37 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 250
Rewards Points: 498
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Let me answer your questions.


They sent some employees home to work Friday to test a remote system with VPN and software. I believe it's the setup Chris616 described in his response where we sit at our home PC as if we were at work. They say we have to leave our work PC turned on (but not logged on to make this work).


We have thin clients in our cubicles at work with dual monitors.I was told in confidence that they are afraid we'll 'break' the equipment if we take it home. I was also told they might change their mind and let us take the equipment home. If we don't operate with dual monitors, it will be difficult to do our jobs with all the applications we use



I do believe running a PC 8 hours a day, every day, does take its toll. I've seen work computers start to have problems in 2 years and get replaced. I'll have to wait till tonight to respond after work
Rangerxlt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 08:22 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,355
Rewards Points: 2,712
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


There are a number of approaches. Remotely controlling a work machine is technically simple, although there may be bandwidth issues depending on the type of work.

Where I'd draw the line, personally, is if they wanted to start installing management software on my home machine to essentially make it like a work machine. By that I mean, to control what's installed. They're going to err on the side of caution, and load your machine up with monitoring and restricting software. As was mentioned, they're not going to be getting their jollies spying on you, but they are perfectly happy to kill the performance of your machine to protect their network and servers from you.

As an aside, I never installed dual monitors on my work computer, and never asked for the newest hardware. I saw so many IT people, especially developers, always demanding the latest and greatest hardware. They'd develop things no end user could use, and they'd be unable to work from anywhere but their own desk. If you learn to live with one monitor and a slower computer, you can easily work from anywhere, be it another office or home.
CaptTom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 08:31 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Coastal British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 219
Rewards Points: 438
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


The original packaging is long gone, so a certain percentage of monitors (and other equipment) will be damaged during transport if employees take them home, hence the reluctance. Dropping from a dual monitor setup down to a single will slightly affect your productivity, but not nearly as much as all the distractions available at home if you lack discipline.

The incremental cost to you in “wear and tear” on your personal computer is so insignificant it would be outweighed by just the cost of fuel in a short commute, not to mention a dozen other things that you’ll be saving money on by working from home. But really, it’s time to think about the big picture of why your company is doing this.

Chris
huesmann likes this.
Chris616 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 08:33 AM   #14
Usually Confused
 
lenaitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Central Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,858
Rewards Points: 1,276
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Our son-in-law is a network IT manager for an organization. The organization decided to ensure business continuity by having key personnel work for home. Their main saving grace was a backroom full of old laptops they had not gotten around to disposing. The S-i-L and his team spent a frantic week of refurbishing and reloading. Normally he doesn't work from home but is permanently on-call for problems their help desk can't solve. They live in an area of limited band width so he tethers his phone (paid for by the company) to his computer.


Post retirement, I had a contract gig where they gave me a laptop, phone and car and told me to go forth and work. We were on dial up at the time and the VPN worked fine - slowly but it worked.
__________________
_________________________________________
Pro patria
lenaitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2020, 08:55 AM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington, DC area
Posts: 3,037
Rewards Points: 2,738
Default

Re: Not thrilled about using personal PC for work


Companies have cut back on IT so much the people remaining barely have time to answer PEBKAC questions, let alone spy on you.
RonArt likes this.
huesmann is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts