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You wrote, You must work for the feds. I know the feeling well, I travel with two laptops. Sometimes I get a funny look from the TSA people.

Banks are like that too.

I currently work for a cellphone maker. I can install software mainly because I have to for my job; but I have to be issued a security exception for it. We have a custom piece of software that "locks down" the computer. It monitors and logs everything that is run on the PC and you can't get onto the corporate network unless it's running.

It also restricts where you can store things. For instance, all writable external media are prohibited without a security exception. Also, certain software updates are prohibited. Even printing and scanning is logged and in some cases copies may be stored. Even network access is logged. I'm restricted to Windows XP SP2 (not that I mind that) and only certain versions of IE are supported. Fortunately, some other browsers are allowed and only some websites are blocked.

Thankfully I don't work for a bank or the government.

- Joel
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