Internet through work server?

November 3, 2009 at 12:37:59
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone,
I'm not great with techie stuff, so if this is an idiotic question I apologise in advance ;)

My husband's work provides him with a laptop, but he never actually uses it in the office or on the company network, wirelessly or otherwise. He mostly uses it at home connecting to the net via our wireless router. His work IT guys tell him that his laptop automatically and remotely receives any updates they do to the system (e.g. change to internet security settings) and they also screen all the webpages he visits. My question is: How do they do this if he only ever connects to the internet via home broadband or occasionally a client's network? Again, sorry if this is totally obvious, but I don't get how it works. Many thanks. TT

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November 3, 2009 at 14:35:28
I guess, they installed a software, that connects to the company's server if possible, by itself and sends log-files to that server.
Depending on what the installed software is logging, the company get more or less informations on all the activity. It's also possible to send this laptop new settings or restrictions, updates or whatever, when the installed program connects always to "it's home".

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