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majikal
 
Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 07:00 pm
My computer needed to be changed from outlook to a different email program for work. I signed into a website where an IT guy from our company could see my computer and transfer the files to the new program. I had to leave mid-way through and left him to finish transferring the files. When I came home I saw a transcript of what he had done and he had transferred over 200 personal pictures from my files/computer to his computer. How do I proceed? Debra?
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majikal
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 07:10 pm
@majikal,
Just to clarify, the computer is my personal, which I purchased myself, but I use it for work.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 08:23 pm
@majikal,
I'd report this to a superior at his company and wouldn't waste time or money pursuing it legally.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2008 09:28 pm
@majikal,
The hell with the lawyers next time download a free copy of truecrpyt and create an encrypted disk that is a file on your hard drive that to your system is a drive letter and place anything of real important or private in that drive and then for good measure in case your laptop get ripped off encrypted the whole hard drive also with truecrypt.

On boot up my computer just display my name and cell phone number and stop. In order to enable the drive you then need to type in the pass phase blindly and then hit enter.

You will of course need to give the IT guy or a repair man access to your hard drive however not to the virtual drive and I had cheerfully hand over my system to repair people with all kinds of very private personal and finance records on it without a worry in the world.

In fact on boot up I had it set to ask for my pass phrase for the virtual drive and the repair man once ask me what the hell that was and I just grin at him and reply that is where I keep my porn collection that I am not willing to share with repair people.

It is not wise to keep any private information on a laptop or home comouter of any nature without protecting it and the protection is free and very very powerful.


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Deckland
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 02:17 am
TrueCrypt is a great program. You can just set aside a portion of the disc for your encrypted data. Use your computer as normal. Store any private data in the encrypted section. 10 out of 10 for this program.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 07:14 am
@majikal,
Have you considered the possibility that you may have misunderstood what he did?

It seems unlikely to me that a random IT guy would care about personal pictures enough to even look at them, let alone steal them.

There is a good chance that the transfers were something benign. For example, if you are switching programs, copying files to another location to make sure they aren't lost is not a bad idea.

I would suggest talking to this guy first before you overreact (which would be embarrassing for everyone involved).

Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 12:48 pm
@ebrown p,
ebrown p wrote:
It seems unlikely to me that a random IT guy would care about personal pictures enough to even look at them, let alone steal them.


You are too optimistic, this is very common. Have a look at what this IT guy confessed to: The 10 Page Geek Squad Confession - "Stealing Customers' Nudie Pics Was An Easter Egg Hunt"

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If there were a competition between a Playboy editor, a photo lab technician, and a voyeur for the person who has seen the most random pictures of naked people... the only way any of them would win is if the Geek Squad agent was late to the contest.

[...]

Let me make it clear again: if you have any interesting pictures of yourself or others on your computer, then they"will"be"found. Some geeks are like bloodhounds when it comes to pornography.


I've seen fewer IT support guys who don't snoop than the ones who do. They are usually low-skilled techs, and young males and are hunting for music, porn and personal nude pics.


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There is a good chance that the transfers were something benign. For example, if you are switching programs, copying files to another location to make sure they aren't lost is not a bad idea.


I can think of no reason someone's personal photo collection would be backed up by IT to corporate computers while upgrading a program.

Dollars to donuts this IT guy wanted to sift through the photos for nudie pics.
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