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Does adding VPN open my internet usage to my employer?

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cdspam33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 12, 2012 4:14 PM

My employer has started providing a way for us to access a file server remotely on our personal computers.  In the setup directions, it says we have to open up Network settings under System Preferences and add a PPTP VPN connection. 

 

Now, I'm not the most technically astute person when it comes to VPN's, but if you're establishing a VPN connection, doesn't that mean your internet access is running through that connection?  And if that's the case, would this mean that my employer can monitor my internet usage?

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,190 points)

    Ask you employer. We don't know what he is doing. Actually, VPN is used to enable a secure connection between your computer and your employer's computer or with the internet. Anything you do on your employer's computers is subject to your employer's policies.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,915 points)

    cdspam33 wrote:

     

    if you're establishing a VPN connection, doesn't that mean your internet access is running through that connection?  And if that's the case, would this mean that my employer can monitor my internet usage?

    Yes. While you are connected to the VPN, everything you do goes through your work. Of course, this only happens while the VPN is connected.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,125 points)

    From the menu bar, select  ▹ System Preferences ▹ Network. Click the lock icon in the lower left corner and authenticate, if necessary. Select the VPN connection from the service list. Click Advanced, then Options. Uncheck the box labeled Send all traffic over VPN connection. Click OK, then Apply. Only traffic directed to a server on the remote network will go through the tunnel.

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