|We have a similar setup at work, we issue laptops to some users aprox 1000. They have the option to VPN into the office if and when needed. Otherwise they are able to use the laptops for whatever they like, persumably work related, but i highly doubt it all work related and to be honest, we are not really bothered what they use it for as long as its not for illegal activity.|
Now, if they are connect to VPN and using internet explorer within their VPN session then yes, we 'could' monitor what they are looking at, however, if we did this for all users
1) it would be a waste of resources
2) it will mean requiring a lot of hard disk space, and a means to filter out content that is of interest to us
3) possibly illegal, though im not sure about that
But if you are not connected to a VPN, then how would your work be able to access your laptop through your router? they cant do it and to be honest why would they need to?
So to answer your question, as far as i am aware, they cannot access the laptop remotely (unless they have a remote client application installed) and they probably would not need to.