I work at public school in a very rural area. There's not much around us.
The school's internet is set up I assume by the education office and they
have blocked certain websites (even sites like gmail). Of course, I use a VPN
to overcome this, but it may be against policy but nobody cares, and nobody ever
notices, and nobody is ever going to get hurt from this (like, it's not going to detonate
a nuclear bomb somewhere in the world).
My question is, can the school or even edu. office IT people somehow snoop
into my assigned IP (given to the computer) to see what I'm doing on the computer
or what websites I've visited, or even see visuals?
I'm aware of software programs that can be installed in computers that allows them to remotely
access and view / monitor other computers. So you can actually see what the user is seeing on their computer.
But if no such program is secretly installed, can they still see what you are doing based solely on your IP address?
So if I'm watching hockey games during school hours (break times), can someone at school or Edu. office
IT look up my IP and see that I've been watching hockey games?
I bring my own notebook computer to school just in case, because sometimes school computers have
software installed that may snoop or collect info/data on what you are doing. So my personal notebook computer is only connected via the school's LAN to access the internet. Can they still detect or know what I'm doing on my own personal notebook? My guess is NO. Not the average school teacher or even the school IT. I'd imagine only someone who is really high-up in the industry could be able to find that information.
Another question is, would setting up my own wifi-network router in my room pose as a security threat to the school's internet? It's just a b/g/n connection not ac (so not powerful). I can't even pick up the signal when I leave the room. It's only good if I'm in the room. So it's not likely that some hacker would come to this rural area, sit in his car outside the school and try to hack into the school's internet via my wifi network setup?
It doesn't sound plausible or likely that is a security threat. Please advise.