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we have to follow the employers rules regarding the use of their stuff
Yeah, but sometimes the rules are really dumb.
All of our machines at work have McAfee Endpoint Encryption installed, which means that every time you insert a Flash drive in a USB port, it prompts you to encrypt it. If you elect to do so, it effectively bricks the drive (you can't use it anywhere else). In my group's case, the point of using a Flash drive is to transfer data between machines that aren't connected network-wise. Since I'm constantly copying stuff to/from lab machines that aren't networked, that prompt is a first-order annoyance.
I wrote a little Windows application that runs in the background. It wakes up once a second, and if it sees the encryption prompt, it quietly reaches out and clicks the "No" button. No muss, no fuss.
Your employer has trust issues...
And it makes no sense at all because if you wanted to do harm an external internet connection would be the least of their problems.
My previous employer was like that and it really doesn't make you feel like a valued employee...
So I decided to quit after about four months (unfortunately, I was a contract employee and I had to finish the project, so ultimately I sat their for seven months).
I have convinced them to allow me to work from home - in Oz. Part of the conditions are that the laptop has no external email or internet connections, everything via the companies VPN. So no more CP, no more cut and paste.
They should block MSDN too, and all auto-update sources. You know, just to be sure.
So you now have two laptops on your desk side-by-side? On for "work", and one where CP is active and the work gets done?
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Have a second machine on your home network and use a program such as "Input Director" to run both machines from one mouse and keyboard - this allows cut and paste between the machines while still keeping them fairly isolated from each other.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Reminds me that I should get a new pickup for my vinyl player.
My son ruined my old one at the age of two despite being put away in a storage room.
It was an Ortofon MC20 Mark II, I wonder what one, or an equivalent, would cost today?
After turning off that 'feature' website loading/debugging runs much quicker! I don't think I'll be renewing that subscription. I've used only the MS AV for over 10 years now...with the exception of this laptop where it was pre-installed. It also irks me that this product warns me that my home/office wifi SID is insecure based only on the name being only 3 chars long. WTF does that have to do with security?...there's nothing 'default' about my router.
In addition, I never use external js resources for web apps, especially if they are out of my control. Am I being paranoid? Consider those 'innocuous' AV js injections...suppose that package was modified to collect all the passwords I'm entering. It's bad when you feel safer by disabling a feature of your AV!
Richard, Thanks for the informative link, but unfortunately I have to support IE. I did learn something though!
Richard Deeming wrote:
But if it's your local AV software injecting the script into your browser
The local AV was indeed injecting a link to a .js resource on their website. When I checked, the subscription was expiring in just a couple of days so I simply uninstalled it. No more problems. In fact, this fixed a really strange problem I had been having with this laptop where typing in IE was regularly missing keystrokes. (really bad on here on CP)
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