What would you do in these circumstances?
My (female) boss had a cousin (also female) who was going through a divorce. Cousin & ex had bought a laptop between them, but he'd used it 99% of the time. When he left / got kicked out, she kept it.
The laptop had Win2K on it & was password protected so it was useless to her - my boss asked me if there was anything I could do so that her cousin could make use of this laptop, seeing as she'd paid for half of it.
I took it away & within minutes had gotten into the administrator account & reset all passwords - only problem was you couldn't fail to notice it was bursting at the seams with porn. Now I wasn't snooping here, but when there are files all over the desktop you can't fail to notice. Nothing illegal, it was mostly amateur stuff and a brief look (well, you'd have to wouldn't you) revealed that he had obviously at least been trying (if not successfully getting away with) using chatrooms & message boards for soliciting extra-marital sex.
I don't really know my boss that well (she'd been here 3 months) and don't know her cousin at all. Seeing as she's in the process of divorcing this fella the fact that he's been up to such things may warrant a mention during divorce proceedings. The question is...what do you do?
Would you hand it back, poon and all & say nothing of what's on there (ie: pretend you didn't notice)?
Would you hand it back, porn & all, and warn your boss what's on it?
Would you remove the porn without any mention & spare everyone's blushes?
Would you feign failure in getting past the passwords, wipe the hard drive & reinstall an operating system?