So I recently got a new job, and was tasked with keeping the work laptop in my office. Ok, whatever. We don't have wifi at work, and the laptop isn't set up to connect to the network even when hard-wired. It's a several year old Toshiba, kinda crappy, running Windows 7 Enterprise.
The "tech guy" at the office claims he has to take the computer home every few weeks to update it on his internet. His explanation for this is that if the computer isn't updated periodically, corporate has it set to automatically lock up and become unusable.
This sounds like BS to me, because if the computer never connects to the Internet, how can corporate know it's not updated? Heck, how can Windows even know that updates are available?
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Is there actually some way the computer could be set to brick if the update operation isn't run every so often?
No. It's just probably their policy to keep shit updated. If it's your personal computer as in you bought it, then they probably just check to see what you've been doing on it. And if you don't agree to their demands they'll probably kick you out.
But, no. That guy is full of shit.
sketch as fuck
>set up to connect to the network even when hard-wired
if the port isn't broken that's an easy fix
>updated periodically, corporate has it set to automatically lock up and become unusable
yes its possible if they already put their software on it, but "corporate" would probably never do something so fucky
I'm guessing its not your laptop, because that would raise too many other questions
Mr. techman probably set up that brickware if there even is any, but I would start by simply fixing that ethernet thing
Yeah, not a personal laptop, it's theirs. The way the office is set up, to my knowledge, is that all the desktops have static IPs, and only those IPs are given access. If something connects that doesn't read as an "approved" IP, it can't connect, which is why you can't just plug it into an Ethernet jack. At least, that's what I've gathered from asking around, I'm not an expert with this stuff. The login for the laptop is admin, no domain. So I went in and dug around a bunch- the only sort of protection I could find was Bitlocker encryption and an antivirus program, no other programs running, nothing unrecognizable installed.
Thank you for pretty much confirming my suspicions that this guy is full of shit. I appreciate the input. Now I need to figure out why this guy is so intent on taking the computer home every few weeks. It's really a piece of crap, I can't imagine what benefit it would be to use outside of work.