The work-from-home trend is here to stay. What started out as a temporary solution due to the Covid-19 pandemic evolved into a workplace revolution. Things are never going to be the same again and experts agree that remote work is here to stay. Being able to work remotely brings a long list of advantages to both employers and employees.
But there’s one thing that employers don’t really like about this new situation. They’re no longer able to keep an eye on their employees. That’s why many companies decided to install monitoring software on their employees’ computers. Keep on reading this guide to learn what signs to look for if you think your employer is monitoring your computer.
But first, if you’re wondering if Microsoft Teams can be used to spy on you, check out this handy guide to learn the answer.
How Do I Know if My Employer Is Monitoring My Computer?
Check Your Background Processes
If you’re on Windows 10, press the Alt + Ctrl + Del keys and open the Task Manager. Click on the Processes tab and check if there any known employee monitoring software running in the background.
If you use a MacBook, navigate to Utilities, and launch the Activity Monitor. These monitoring tools usually eat up a lot of CPU and RAM, and should be easy to spot.
However, keep in mind that your IT admin may have tweaked your system settings so as to hide the monitoring program. If the program is running in stealth mode, it won’t appear in the Task Manager or the list of installed programs.
Additionally, check your contract to see if your employer mentioned monitoring or tracking software anywhere. The presence of such a clause confirms that your employer has installed some sort of a monitoring program on your computer.
Other than that, there’s really no sure way to tell if your boss is spying on you.
Should there be a monitoring program running on your machine, don’t do anything. If you kill the process or uninstall the program, your IT admin will get an alert. Most likely, they’ll force start the program remotely and let your boss know about your deed as well.
How to Protect Your Privacy
If you’re using a computer owned by the company you’re working for, don’t try to install third-party tools to block the monitoring software. Your employer may get suspicious thinking you have something to hide and this could potentially lead to termination of employment.
Instead, make sure to tape your webcam (unless told otherwise), don’t keep personal files on your work computer, and don’t engage in non-work-related activities.
Your relation to your employer can sometimes be a tricky one. If you’re using a company-provided machine, assume they’re monitoring your actions to stay on the safe side. If you use the computer only for running work-related tasks, there’s nothing you should be worried about.
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