Help me get my work laptop ready for return.
December 19, 2012 12:10 PM Subscribe
As my current job ends, should I scrub my laptop? And if so, how?
posted by shiu mai baby to computers & internet (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got a new job (yay!). My old job and I are ending on good terms. My job (both current and future) is a full-time telecommuting one, so that means I'm primarily using a work-supplied HP Elitebook. As this job winds down, I'm going to need to send back the laptop, obviously, although it's still being debated whether it will be sent to my boss (who is also off-site) or back to the kids in the IT department at our corporate HQ.
I've been mostly good about keeping non-work-related stuff off of here, but on occasion I've done freelance stuff in a pinch, although always during off hours. I haven't installed any games, but I definitely have an active online life that includes MetaFilter, Facebook, Twitter, and various Gmail accounts.
I don't think they'll be exploring the bowels of this machine to find any wrongdoing, because again, leaving on good terms, but at the same time I want to make sure that any and all personal stuff, such as bookmarks, browsing history, cookies, cache, personal file links, Dropbox folders, etc. are gone from this machine, without affecting my actual work files, which are important to preserve since this might be going to my boss who will need access to that stuff. The nature of my job means I mostly work in MS Word and Acrobat, some PowerPoint, a tiny bit of Excel, and then use some online sources for cloud-based filesharing and collaboration.
What is the most efficient way to go about this? Is there a single utility that can selectively scrub certain directories? I fully anticipate uninstallling Firefox completely, but beyond that, I'm a little vague. Ideally, I'd love someone to provide a list of things I should take care of before returning the machine.