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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

It might just be because I am already "that parent", but it would be a strong NO from me - and the school administration would get a strong talking to about this. I would push to have that policy ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Needing to install things is kind of the point of needing the laptop, so it makes perfect sense that they want to install Office, AV, and certificates. There are no surprises there. To do that, they ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

I wouldn't. You have no real way to tell exactly what they've changed. Some schools are excessively nosy or controlling. And even if the district is being respectful of your privacy, they could have a ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Others have already stated why this is a bad idea and I fully agree, don't let them install those stuff (certificates??, no way), now, you don't have to be that parent if you present some options: ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Under these circumstances, the ideal case is simple. Get a "burner" laptop for schoolwork only. Use standard tech and low specs suitable for the work at hand (contact their IT dept to find out what ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Now the school IT department wants to install some software on the laptop and is asking for administrative access. The school does it because it's easy for them. Lots of parents are computer ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

From a sysadmins point of view: They want to install Office, Outlook, an AV and some site certificates. If you already have an AV installed, (which you should), then another AV will conflict with ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Let's break this down: Your concerns as a parent Privacy: You don't want school staff being able to view what sites your kid is visiting, what files they have on their laptop, and other things that ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

I don't think anyone else has discussed the certificate issue: In my experience, a lot of schools use a MITM firewall to intercept HTTP traffic for their filtering policies such as to look at the ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

I'm going to provide a situation that I have experience with, and then draw parallels. I am a Software Engineer, and have worked at several shops with a BYOD (bring your own device) mentality. Each of ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Both a burner laptop and a virtual machine are respectable options. Multiboot is not, as any time the hostile os is running it can modify the clean os, with beyond-admin privileges. I feel like ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop? No. My kid is starting 6th grade and the school requires him to get a laptop and bring it to school. No. The school can ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

Big No! While most everything has been covered, there is still the issue of child safety. Every year there are multiple lawsuits about schools spying on kids through their webcams. While you might ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

To add to the others: Have a look at the list: They want to install Office, Outlook, an AV and some site certificates. Why? Installing Office means teaching a dependency on a big vendor early. ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

To minimize your hassle, I suggest you inquire about minimum specs and buy your child a "work" laptop to be used only for school. Then you just let them do whatever they want. Then the school is at ...
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May be justified to use generic and shared user accounts in order to segregate and reduce risk?

You are right, just giving permissions to each user that needs them only ocasionally is not a good option. Sharing privileged accounts isn´t an option too. Since you did not specified your ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

If I were a parent, I would firmly say no to this. This is mainly because the laptop is paid by the parent. You should have control over what you buy, and I believe that it is already pushing it to ...
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What can someone do with (non-admin) command prompt on a network?

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Suspicious app name in Windows 10 permission prompt

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How can I disable execution of programs from Downloads directory in Windows 10?

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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

While many answers here outline potential dangers arising from giving someone admin access, it should also be noted that it's also a reasonable tool for the job the school IT is about to do. That's ...
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What is the main risk of allowing services to logon as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM?

Worst case scenario When an attacker exploits an application to run arbitrary code then this code will run under the context (and thus the privileges) of the exploited application. So if the service ...
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Securing a process from local users

As long as the user is not a local administrator on the machine they should not have permission to kill any processes run as other users (including domain administrators). However unless you have an ...
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What can I do to prevent my web browser from accessing local files?

In answer to the question there is no global way to stop access to local files for ALL browsers via the address bar or via a web link. You may though be able to block these links via your AV or anti ...
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How does consent.exe know what to display?

As you can see, the first argument is the PID of consent.exe's parent process. And by monitoring the APIs that this parent process (which is a "svchost") called before creating the consent process, I ...
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Does the separation of the OS partition (C:) and data partition (D:) in Windows increase security?

My opinion is that with correct permissions, in Windows, the separation of partitions does not increase security because what is most important are the permissions and the separation of the ...
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Should I let my child's school have access to my kid's personal laptop?

The school "needs to install certificates"? That definitely is a red flag. As for installing Office, I would say install a copy on the computer for him rather than let the school do it. While some ...
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How is the use of Process Monitor a security risk?

Process Monitor needs to run with Administrator rights. In fact, it installs a driver to peek on the actions performed on the filesystem, registry, network, etc. As it obtains data system-wide, the ...
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Possible security measures to put into place before allowing screen sharing

For best security, you can use a screen sharing program that does not give the auditor control over mouse and keyboard. You can talk with them over the phone/VoIP/video chat and have them instruct ...
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Security benefits of running as standard user vs. administrator

In an enterprise environment only a small subset of users should ever have local admin rights if you want the systems to remain secure. Thankfully, Windows 10 has mitigated some of these issues ...
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