Co-Worker hacking protection

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Data protection
Hacking
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How can I protect my desktop (especially files and mail) from co-worker hacking? I am sure someone else within the company I work for, is hacking my PC. What can I do to protect my PC, before telling IT?


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  • AndreaF
    I don't know why you would wait to speak to IT - go to the professionals, that's what they are there for!
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  • TheRealRaven
    If you have an IT staff available, it could be a very bad idea to do such work yourself. You are likely to be restricted by work policy even if you are unaware. (Also, if this is a work PC, it is not "your desktop". Nothing in it is "yours".)
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  • GreekStefan
    Thank you both for your quick response. 

    First of all I want to make clear that when I say "my desktop" I refer to my personal work and only that. 
    The reason I posted the question is because someone had access to my files and used my personal work in order to improve his, concerning the same project we were dealing with. Our boss was expecting both our proposals and while we were presenting it, I noticed many data that they were exactly the same with mine. When my boss asked my colleague "were did you find all this etc" he founded hard to explain and there is where I was sure that someone hacked my pc.
    Since, my colleague is close friend to the IT, I am afraid to share such a thing or to accuse somebody. 
    Thats why I want to protect my work for further intrusion. 
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  • ToddN2000
    If the two of you were working on the same project, would your proposals not be close to the same? It is possible that he may not have hacked you at all. If you PC are close together he may have jumped on your and e-mails himself the data when you took a break and stepped away from your PC. If data is that sensitive lock your PC with a password when you step away for things like lunch or a bathroom break.
    It's as easy as click START then LOGOFF.
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  • GreekStefan
    Thanks for your reply ToddN2000. This is something I already do.
    I am looking for an all time protection from intrusion, even when my pc is loogged off.
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  • TheRealRaven
    If a co-worker can access info from a password-locked or logged-off PC, your dealing with someone beyond any easy restrictions. And again, it probably must be done by IT with IT approval.
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  • GreekStefan
    So, the questions remains the same TRR, "Is there something I can do to protect my data? A software maybe that will keep my job safe?
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  • TheRealRaven
    The problem is that the answer could easily be "Something secure that 'you' can do? Probably not. But there are many things that the IT staff can do."

    It would be unethical for us to give instructions to non-IT persons when those instructions would circumvent IT policies. Since there is no way for us to examine policies in a remote network, we're kind of stuck. (There is something of a 'Catch-22' in this.)

    First place it starts is that there is essentially no such thing as "personal work" unless it's done on your personal time on your personal equipment. If it's on company equipment, it belongs to the company. You can't put your own restrictions on it. Only assigned IT can do that (when there is staff employed to do that kind of work).

    All of that is separate from the problem of protecting yourself and your efforts at getting appropriate credit. For that, the simplest approach is called "security by obscurity". If that sounds like an approach you could find useful, it's one we could probably give a number of ideas about.
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  • ToddN2000
    Have you tried mentioning this to your supervisor / manager? IF you mentioned you may have been hacked he may have IT look into it company wide to see what flaws they may have in their security to allow this to happen.
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  • carlosdl
    If your company policies allow you to change your domain/network/pc login password, then change it and make sure to use something that is hard to guess.

    You can also try compressing sensitive files with password protection.

    Also, as Todd suggested, always lock your computer when you leave your desktop.

    Installing additional software on a company computer is not a good idea, and it would not be of much help anyway.

    As others have mentioned:  Tell your supervisor about this.
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