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Can my company see if I am using linux on the internet??


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#1 johndepere

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:07 PM

Hello, I work for a large manufacturing company that allows us to search the web on a shared/public computer. The problem is that 90% of the time we  go to use this computer  there is a virus or malware or some other thing that has this  computer locked up and prevents us from accessing the internet " because it is a shared computer running Windows". I would like to run a live linux distro "Puppy"  during the time I am allowed to use this computer and bypass all the "Windows" issues. My question is can my company (from an internet stanpoint) "see" if I am using a Linux os.  I would rather not ask the IT department this question as I am sure the answer would be absolutly "not" but if no one can tell If I am using linux that is the route I will take.


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:12 PM

With a properly configured firewall and router yes they can tell what OS and browser you use. I guess it would depend on how sophisticated your IT department is and what sort of traffic stats they collect.

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#3 johndepere

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:42 PM

Animal, Thanks for your quick reply :clapping: It looks like this option is a "no go" then as I know all of our intrnet traffic is monitored closely.  I guess I will need to get better at removing maleware from our "Windows" machines  if I intend to use this computer on a regular basis.   Thank you again for your help.



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 03:01 PM

Best of luck to you with malware hunting. And you're quite welcome.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:53 PM

I would try and get in contact with the IT department and advise them of what you want to do as you know the computer is always infected and you wish to not have your passwords logged and info stolen.






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