Does work laptop expose shared folders??

November 26, 2010 at 11:47:57
Specs: Windows 7
If I use my company laptop on my home network will the company then have access to shared folders on my home network? My home network is Windows 7 workgroup. My work laptop belongs to my company's domain. The folders on my network are available to everyone on my home network and are not password protected or anything like that.

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#1
November 26, 2010 at 15:34:11
The question in the subject line is different than the question in your post.

Subject line: Does work laptop expose shared folders?
Answer: If your machines are behind a router on your home network, chances are that no one outside of that network can see those folders.

Question in post: If I use my company laptop on my home network will the company then have access to shared folders on my home network?

Answer: The company would have no idea where the laptop is unless there is something running to "phone home" & tell it where the laptop is. Even if it did, the company couldn't see anything unless port forwarding was enabled.

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#2
November 30, 2010 at 10:14:28
Might be splitting hairs here, but this is not entirely accurate:

"Answer: The company would have no idea where the laptop is unless there is something running to "phone home" & tell it where the laptop is. Even if it did, the company couldn't see anything unless port forwarding was enabled."

Programs such as CompuTrace most certainly track computers while they're on any network with internet access and are an effective measure for tracking company computers.

At the same time, many applications which provide folder level access and/or remote access to company computers can be used in a way that the company computer would become the source for the connection in effect removing any port forwarding requirements. Services such as LogMeIn etc... could be used in this regard. So while it's unlikely, it's certainly a something that can be done.


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#3
December 3, 2010 at 11:33:14
Thanks for the help. I don't think they are using any spy software (unless Symantec Endpoint Protection does any of that stuff). I was mainly concerned that if my laptop logs into my corporate domain over my wireless network that my network and their network would be visible to each other. Just to be on the safe side, I went ahead and removed my laptop from the domain.

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December 3, 2010 at 13:10:26
Forkboy2 don't you think that is going to cause you some work issues doing that? Of course now you can't logon to the corp network [if its properly setup]

You are using a vpn or secure gateway to connect to your work network right?
These types of connections make a secure tunnel between your laptop and the corp network. Only thing corp could see is your laptop.

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#5
December 3, 2010 at 13:15:05
Wanderer is correct. That was a dumb idea to say the least.

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#6
December 3, 2010 at 15:36:19
There is no reason that I need to log onto corporate network. I also disabled the VPN. I can always play dumb with the IT folks if it becomes an issue in the future. "Duhrr....That's odd...I have no idea how that happened".

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#7
December 3, 2010 at 16:31:16
That's fine with us if that's what you want to do. The idea is, that if you take that laptop back to work, don't expect it to work. That's all we were saying.

In the future, I suggest that you leave their laptop for their purposes & buy one for yours.

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#8
December 3, 2010 at 17:39:29
Or understand how all of this works so you aren't paranoid. You have much larger concerns you aren't even aware of concerning your home network.

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