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How can I detect if my Laptop is being snooped by my employer?

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Also, my pc runs very slow (net seems fine).

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You can sometimes check this by going to Start menu > Run.

Type: [code]cmd[/code]

In the command window that opens, type: [code]netstat -b[/code] (enter)

Look for connections that say ESTABLISHED. If you don't recognise the name of a program (.exe file) Google it and find out what it is. You may catch your culprit.

Regarding the question on why your PC is running slow, you can press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, click Task manager, and find our what program has the highest CPU and Memory Usage. Aside from that, there ware a lot of reasons why your PC might be running slow. Check out http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000179.htm for more examples.

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You can sometimes check this by going to Start menu > Run.

Type: cmd

In the command window that opens, type: netstat -b (enter)

Look for connections that say ESTABLISHED. If you don't recognise the name of a program (.exe file) Google it and find out what it is. You may catch your culprit.

Regarding the question on why your PC is running slow, you can press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, click Task manager, and find our what program has the highest CPU and Memory Usage. Aside from that, there ware a lot of reasons why your PC might be running slow. Check out http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000179.htm for more examples.
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Thanks Rob!
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Keep in mind that just because you don't see anything, it doesn't mean you're safe. The "good" monitoring software is going to hide itself from all but the most advanced users. It may not even communicate directly with the server, and could just store log files that are copied to the server with a backup.

If you're comfortable with your IT department, you could try asking. They don't necessarily have to be truthful, but they may surprise you.

I used to work for a very large corporation. They never stated one way or the other whether we were being monitored, but I think they did. If you suspect that your employer may be monitoring your computer usage, my advice to you would be to assume they are. If your company owns the laptop, your employer can do pretty much anything to it. Don't use company equipment and networks for visiting sites or sending email that could get you fired.

You might want to read http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs7-work.htm for more information on employee monitoring.
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try employee activity monitor. http://www.employee-activity-monitor.com/
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