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I think my employer uses Citrix product to supply VPN. I have files in My Documents folder on my home PC that I would not want my employer to be able to access when I am connected over their VPN. I am aware an obvious solution is for me to keep the personal files off my PC and store on a memory stick that I can disconnect before connecting to the work VPN. However, this is a little impractical and I am wondering do I need to bother.
If it is possible for them to do this, how easy is it? Could they have something set up to say.. start syncing all my c drive contents each time I connect (as much as I'm sure it is illegal for them to do this, let's just assume they were willing to risk breaking the law.)
Or is it only possible for them to see my files if someone is physically sitting there on their end, waiting for me to log on, and then as soon as I do they can start browsing my hard drive?
Also, can they see that I have, for example, been on this website asking this question if I connect to VPN after I have closed this browser tab?
I have read this post: Can my company access my computer via the VPN?
but the answers aren't as black and white as I think they could be, and they reference technologies/methods that mean nothing to me. I need a laymans answer and solution if possible, e.g. install X software to protect your files or go to control panel, change X setting to protect your files, etc.
I am using Microsoft XP SP3.