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#1 bob1212

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 11:54 AM

Sorry if this is the wrong place for this

 

My roommate and I have been sharing a laptop for some time now. He had the admin account and I had a password protected user account. He recently got a new office job, so he kind of turned our computer into his "work computer". He told me that it goes through regular backups, without really knowing much about it. (He gives it to the IT guy to do it I suppose)

 

My question is

 

Is it possible any of my personal files are being backed up at his workplace? Would they be able to access them? What kind of backups would they have to do in order to see my files? I hate the thought that people can see them without my permission.

 

Any thoughts on this? Thanks!



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#2 TheJokerz

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 12:05 PM

I would think that it would be quit easy for them to see your documents.  Especially if they have a linux box.


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#3 bob1212

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:16 PM

I would think that it would be quit easy for them to see your documents.  Especially if they have a linux box.

What about hidden files, index.dat files or temp internet files? Would they be able to backup that as well?


Edited by bob1212, 01 February 2016 - 01:50 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 03:33 PM

Bump

 

So, could any of the above things from my user account be included in any kind of backup?



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:44 AM

If it's a disk imaging backup solution, then yes.. it's taking everything on the HDD.

 

Do you know the name of the backup solution being used?



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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:00 PM

If it's a disk imaging backup solution, then yes.. it's taking everything on the HDD.

 

Do you know the name of the backup solution being used?

All I know is the program used was NTI Backup Now 4, unfortunately.

 

Kind of lame if you ever wanted to see someones personal files, all you have to do is a disk image backup it.



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Posted 07 February 2016 - 02:02 PM

If the backup program runs with privilege of backup operator (they usually do), it can read all files, regardless of permissions.


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Posted 08 February 2016 - 05:12 AM

 

If it's a disk imaging backup solution, then yes.. it's taking everything on the HDD.

 

Do you know the name of the backup solution being used?

All I know is the program used was NTI Backup Now 4, unfortunately.

 

Kind of lame if you ever wanted to see someones personal files, all you have to do is a disk image backup it.

 

 

Well, then you'll probably want to buy your own cheap laptop, if there's anything private/personal on that machine that you don't want other people looking at.






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