Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Backdoor Access.

Being a graduate student at Fancypants University does have its perks. Yesterday we recieved free laptop computers. These computers are gifts. We do not return them to the department when we've finished. They are ours and ours alone. We were given options, I chose an IBM T43. Oh mama, is it sweet.

When we received our computers, I noticed that they didn't come packaged. Rather, computer services configured the computers for us. As I looked through the user profile for my computer, I noticed a couple of extra profiles. "What the hell," I thought.

V: Excuse me, my computer has some freaky extra accounts on it.
IT: Yes, if you get a free computer, we need to be able to access it at all times. Don't even think about removing those accounts.

Apparently IT services will, from time to time, log on to your computer and check everything out. Seems like a decent deal. I am getting a pricey laptop for free, after all. Then again, this is my laptop. It is my property now.

Last night, I guess I accidentally erased their backdoor access to my computer. This morning I received an e-mail: "Please come speak with IT about your lack of suitable access to your computer." I'll ignore their message. It's my computer, damn it!

15 Comments:

Blogger mindful said...

That's right vavoom, it's your computer now. Don't let them get their stinky hands on it.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous little john said...

That sounds really cool. But, sometimes when you "fight the Man" the "Man" wins. Watch out!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Ah, the glitch. I think it's damn funny that you "accidentally" erased access.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

IT who?

5:40 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

Here are some high school students facing the same problem.

6:04 PM  
Blogger mis_nomer said...

A felony conviction for the kids? That's nuts!

My computer has a programme installed in it that allows remote access to my comp. When the IT folks put my comp under the imperious curse, the mouse moves on its own and the comp does its own thing. Pretty scary. So I uninstalled it.

8:48 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I'm sure there have to be a few hacks to get around that, Vavoom. Maybe setting up Linux for dual-boot. B) It does make me wonder if they are using this as a means to take some of your research data to claim as their own.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Martin: Nah, they're IT people so they have no real interest in my data. Yes, I am currently setting up a dual boot linux system on this laptop.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

I use Knoppix-std for linux. It boots from the CD, so there is no need to add anything to the hard drive. When you want to add a program, create a new ISO image. I also wonder if you could add the second os to an external drive and boot from that. Again witht he intent of not leaving a digital trail.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Ivan said...

wooo Stick it to the Man!!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Davydgrey said...

Killing the profile wont do anything if they have Admin access on the system Vavoom. Check the admin group in computer manager and see.

10:07 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Big Brother Rooocks!

No seriously, is there a way you can mess with 'em? Like putting all your important stuff on one of those memory stick thingies, and loading your laptop up on pornograghy?

11:30 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I don't get free laptops. :( Though I have a desktop that I have to return to them when I finish. How did you 'accidentally' erase the access? Maybe I could 'accidentally' try that as well. :)

5:03 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Davy: Your suggestion was part of the accidental erasure.

7:13 AM  
Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said...

My school just forced everyone on campus to install a program called "Clean Client Access" that allows the network staff to monitor your computer and sign it off remotely after a while. I don't know if it provides remote access, but I wouldn't be surprised. There was no warning (at least none that I got), just a message one day when you started your browser that you had to install this stuff first.

It took the computer science guys about 5 minutes to send out an email on how to get around it, so needless to say I've uninstalled the spyware now. Stupid Big Brother bullshit.

2:34 PM  

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