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netsecln

Hiding OS and apps from IT Staff

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netsecln   

If I wanted to hide my OS (make all apps, such as Labtech, WSUS, etc type stuff think I'm on a different OS) as well as hide my installed apps from my fellow IT staff. Is there any specific way you would recommend doing so? They're stuck in the dark ages and I'm trying to be more of an innovator, and they seem to think that I should be on the same heavy terrible applications that the users use rather than something efficient for me to work.

Something like this possible?

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Start your own company and make your own rules, or get a job elsewhere that is more progressive. What you are asking could well get you fired (or worse, especially if something "bad" happened as a result of your actions).

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digip   

unless they allow BYOD, you work within the rules of your employer. not that any of us haven't skirted around things before, but it's just one of those things, you don't advertise what you're doing(not that work knows you're here). When I worked for a bank, we had win98 machines in our data center that we used and obviously very insecure. I used to roll my own OperaUSB so I could disable all scripts and no active-x when I wanted to use the web, which we were allowed to have access to. They however didn't know I ran Opera instead of IE5 at the time, which personally I think if anything, was me being more secure than what was implemented at the time. However, playing devils advocate, I could have easily introduced a virus or managed to get the system compromised by running software and hardware that wasn't first given permission to use, which there is always the potential for coming back on the end user when they bypass in house rules. if anything, ask first before taking the chances.

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Why not simply ask permission first, and run VMWare on your computer, or some other virtual machine program so that you can access the other OS through a "Window"?

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cooper   

I'm just mentioning the words Live and USB. If you need more help than that you shouldn't be doing what you're doing, which might still be true depending on your definition of 'what', as others already pointed out.

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On an aside, you say you want to be more of an 'innovator', I cannot judge your situation, however I know from experience that some people think they are doing 'innovation', and wind up using some third party product who'se support base is actually waning. I am debugging some code right now where the original author was a little bit scatter brained, and now I have to chaise his logic through all sorts of little nooks and crannies, and restructure the programs to be a little more sane. The project looked ok when I started debugging it, but the deeper I read the code, the more I found that not everything third party is 'good software'. For that matter, not everything Microsoft is good software either. You really have to take into account what is everybody else learning, whereas what is just a fad.

This may not apply exactly to what you are doing, just give some thought to the other guys who will be using your software/systems after you leave.

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