Employer requires us to install SonicWall NetExtender on home PCs

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Scoobs, Jul 2, 2021.

  1. Scoobs

    Scoobs Registered Member

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    I can't find out much about this product.

    Personally, I'm averse to them installing anything on my home PC. Previously we've been able to work through our browser, but recent IT upgrades at work mean they want us to use SonicWall Netextender to VPN to the work network.

    My initial review suggests it autoruns some processes at start-up and processes are running all the time, whether I'm connected to the work VPN or not.

    The machine is our family machine, and while we've not got anything I really want to hide, I'd rather not share our family's computer usage with my employer if I can avoid it.

    Has anyone got any experience of this software, and does anyone know what it is doing and monitoring when we're not connected to the VPN?
     
  2. trott3r

    trott3r Registered Member

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    I would ask work for a PC.
    Play dumb like it doesn't work on home PC blame your son for securing it too well.
     
  3. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

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    I second this. If they want this they need to fund it. Your personal equipment is none of their business.
     
  4. Trooper

    Trooper Registered Member

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    I agree with the others. I understand you need it for VPN access but if this is a requirement for your job, they should provide you with a desktop or laptop with this already configured and installed for you.
     
  5. plat1098

    plat1098 Registered Member

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    Do you have a written contract? If there's no clause in there stipulating they can requisition your personal property for their purposes, you are within your rights to request alternatives.
     
  6. kC_

    kC_ Registered Member

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    totally agree, work for an msp, but if they enforce "ANYTHING" to be installed..... that should only be on their supplied hardware

    ive worked from home since march 2019 and use web apps where i can on my own gear..... or if its anything forced then it goes on the company supplied laptop
     
  7. Gaddster

    Gaddster Registered Member

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    My cousins husband who works at home has to use their required software on his computer, which he runs that software in a virtual machine as you've no idea what kind of spying goes on in their software and letting it run rampant on the host OS is something he wont allow.

    I still think it is wrong to invade an employees own personal computer. They should provide the hardware.
     
  8. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

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    I don't get it, isn't this some VPN tool that should be safe to use? With that I mean, it will simply give you access to the companies network and shouldn't perform any other activities. So it comes down to, do you trust SonicWall and the company that you work for. But I can fully understand that you would rather install it only on a workmachine, not some personal PC.

    https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/
     
  9. Palancar

    Palancar Registered Member

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    I owned several corporations throughout my career so I see both sides of this. I agree with others here that forcing software on a personally owned machine can likely not be mandated legally. However; it would be totally within my rights to require any software I felt necessary IF you the owner want to be allowed to join my Corp. network. Frankly, as a security aware owner I never allowed ANY privately owned device to join our networks. I issued machines and only designated Admin's could introduce any new software, which meant a trip into the office. I required physical possession for the Admin's to touch the machines with new software.
     
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