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They have really started to tighten down web access at work..

I can no longer access my hotmail account[B)] It's blocked by websense[}:)]

Is there any way round this??

Or am I going to have to get all my porn sent to my works e-mail address[:eek:)]

[only kidding[:X]] LOL

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Try going in through MSN.co.uk and then click on 'My MSN' at the top. Might work, when this loads, bottom box on the right holds your e-mail. Don't know if it will work or not, but your not accessing it through the hotmail website at that point.
 

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Get a machine on the net at home with dynamic DNS and just RDP to it. Either that or get some cool remote software like www.gotomypc.com (quality stuff, cant imagine who makes it! [:D])

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do you have perms in outlook to add it in there ?

You can then view it as a folder on your email page.
 

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Was thinking about putting it through outlook myself, but not sure you can with hotmail? I've certainly never tried as I don't use my hotmail account for anything but signing up to stuff.
 

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Sorry to say mate - but I'm a Websense Admin and can be pretty sure what they have blocked...

It won't just be the hotmail site that is blocked, but the category "Web Based E-Mail"

Oh, and I'd stop trying if I was you, all attempts (in fact ALL browsing history) gets logged.

Also, Websense or ISA can be configured to block Messenger protocols as well AND log all attempts at that as well.

Oh, and as to trying anonymisers... nope - they can be blocked as well.... sorry.

I'd better stress that with the latest version EVERY site you visit AS you visit it, is recorded. So if you spend all day on THIS site, even if you aren't actively browsing it... it's gets recorded.
 

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there is a way

I use a program called zebee tunnel.

Do a google search and your find it. But you need to know your stuff to make it work.

Basically you run it and it will create a tunnel between your pc and your home pc.

Then when you run IE change the proxy to 127.0.0.1 on port 8080. Configure

zebbee to bring the tunnel up to your machine on port 80. That will allow port 80 traffic out. Install a free web proxy on your home machine from somewhere like wwww.betanews.com or www.winfiles.com.

So what this does is the following....

You load a browser on the works pc with a proxy setting of 127.0.0.l port 8080

thats your local address of the works pc. zebbee is waiting and when it sees that packet hit 8080 it fires it down the tunnel to your home pc. Your home pc makes the call to MSN or anywhere else you want to browse. Then sends the pages back down the tunnel to your works broswer

Basically it looks like your working locally and no one knows
 

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Quote: posted by Kieran Burns on 18/04/2005 23:24:31

I'd better stress that with the latest version EVERY site you visit AS you visit it, is recorded. So if you spend all day on THIS site, even if you aren't actively browsing it... it's gets recorded.

How common is this Kieren? i.e. companies monitoring general user internet access. I'm starting to get worried that at my end of year appraisal HR will present me with reams and reams of Internet activity [:(]

Lets face it there are days when you just can't be bothered to do any work so the net makes that clock tick just a little faster.

Carlos
 

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Do you have an Acceptable Use Policy?

You may have signed a document or get a warning whenever you sign onto your p.c. / domain...

Do you have a proxy Server configured on your Internet browser? (Tools, Internet Options, Connections, LAN Settings. At the bottom you will see a tick box and an ip address of a Server if it is configured.)

don't try to remove this - you will simply remove your internet access as the firewall will (should!) be configured to only allow specific devices through.

If so, then it is likely that you are being monitored.

Just to add to your paranoia.... sorry... but your e-mails are also legally entitled to be scanned (I look after this as well) and any word or phrase you like can be set to cause the e-mail to be held. We block based on content, on the size of e-mails, on attachment types, spam phrases.... all sorts.

I have to review each undetermined e-mail every day and I have found out some very dodgy facts about people - some of which HAVE led to disciplinary action... it's a no win situation - if I don't report it, it'll get found out and then I get it in the neck.

To calm you down somewhat tho' - it's only chronic abuse that gets noticed... general surfing is generally accepted as a perk of the job - it's only when you start to take advantage that you get seen.
 

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How common is this Kieren? i.e. companies monitoring general user internet access.

Small companies (probably) dont do it, but medium to large and certainly corporates will be doing it.

I work in IT; and have just left a medium to large international company where we were logging activity (I now work for a small company where its too much hassle to monitor [:D])

Anyway, my understanding of the 'rules' is that there is some European legislation that 'protects' an organisation and their liability - hence they are allowed to log all activity if they want to - but also the employee is 'protected' in that an organisation can only use the recorded stats about you if they have very good grounds to suspect you were up to something naughty.

I (and the rest of the department) were told by the IT Manager / Director that we logged everything; but we could not look at the logs, or recover details from logs for anyone unless a Department Manager and the Personnel Manager asked.

So, if the manager of your department suspected you'd been surfing porn; they would have to bring it up with Personnel, and if both the Manager and Personnel thought there were grounds then and only then would IT be asked to recover that persons activities for a given time period only (ie. they would ask for your surfing / email / whatever stats for the month of April 2005, because that was the date window that the manager thought you'd been up to no good).

Like I said, those 'rules' were explained to us by our IT Manager (whom I have no reason to dis-believe) - I believe them to be true, so if an organisation pulls you up on some internet activity it must be because they have good grounds to think you've been naughty - they can't just routinely look at the logs (and lets face it, who has got time to these days ?)

Simply thing is don't worry about it unless you know you've been up to no good [:I]
 

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Quote: posted by Kieran Burns on 19/04/2005 13:17:06

Do you have a proxy Server configured on your Internet browser? (Tools, Internet Options, Connections, LAN Settings. At the bottom you will see a tick box and an ip address of a Server if it is configured.)

No there is no proxy server set up, however sometimes there is a firewall which blocks webmail access and any site which contains certain key words (e.g. hotmail).

In terms of surfing I'm talking about Ebay, UK MKIV, Autotrader etc.. nothing dodgy [;)], and I certainly never give out my work email address to friends, I'd get flooded with spam and joke forwards.

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I am not sure how websense works, but does it also do packet filtering looking for IM traffic?

The reason I ask is that normally you can change MSN to work on port 80 (HTTP)

I know I have this implemented on my work network, as I put it on LOL but we use a Linux firewall / proxy and this stops everything even if I change MSN to work on port 80.
 

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Several ways round it, I used to RDP (remote desktop) to a pc at home then when I had to change the rules on the ISA server at work to block everything apart from 80 and port 443

then I changed the default RDP port to 443 then when I needed to connect to the machine at home then I RDP to "IP Address":443 and do all my surfing from my home PC
 
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