Who is watching your browsing history at work??

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    Android Jr Member dvdman's Avatar
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    Who is watching your browsing history at work??

    I have been at my job for over 5 years. I search all types of stuff all day long at work. No porn but things like lamebook or failblog certain websites that are probably not appropriate for my job. (Stock broker at a major firm). Does anyone know how red flags are drawn? NO one has said anything to me. When I am bored I am on the internet since I cant leave my desk. Any opinions??

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    If you're worried about them monitoring your browsing *on their computers & network* ... maybe you should browse on your phone?

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    It's too hard on the phone. I assume no one is watching because no one has said anything in 5 years. I was just curious how it works. Also lets say Im writing personal stuff on my Gmail from work. Can they intercept my email or see what I wrote? I was told no one can see your gmail accounts.

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    Any network admin worth their salt can track whatever is going through their servers. Email has never been inherently secure. Even if they're not hacking your Gmail account, how do you know they haven't installed a keylogger on every workstation? If you're that concerned about it, probably best not to do it.

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    I think I don't really care thats why. I'm not on a porn sites and most sites are forums and sites like failblog or so. My emails can get a little personnal so that is the main issue. I don't write them everyday just once in a while. One guy was telling me they look at activity weekly and and look for any changes.

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    How bout some stock tips for your fellow android friends

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    Buy Apple stocks......LOL

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    Hmmm I agree - if they havent said anything now, they probably dont monitor it too closely! I used to get away with playing Farmerama and browser games like Remanum, as well as visit Failblog, Lamebook etc at work everyday, but then they introduce this really tough policy! Bagh. No more games at work for me!
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    Good excuse to get a 7 inch size tab and use it at work. Lay it flat on your desk and it should be pretty unobtrusive. Have several decoy papers nearby so you can quickly cover it if someone happens by. That is what I would do. Clandestine.

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    Generally speaking, if a good admin wants to monitor you, you will never know (That is till HR calls you to the carpet!)

    (Take what follows with a grain of salt, even though I play an IT Mgr on TV, I am no lawyer.)
    E-mails - In the US, courts have generally agreed that there is a reasonable expectation of privacy for personal e-mail accounts, so a company intercepting them/using them for firing decisions is sorta gray area in legality. If you are using a personal account to conduct business however, you begin to open yourself to trouble as they may have a policy against that. If you are talking about the company provided e-mail account, it is generally seen as a company asset and they have full authority to monitor, protect, and oversee its use in their business. This means that they can read incoming and outgoing, store, delete, forward without your consent.

    Web / PC usage - Usually, the company provides Internet access, infrastructure, support, PC hardware, peripherals, and software for you to perform your job function. It all belongs to them. What you do while either on or off the clock can expose the company to numerous problems. Different companies and the admins that oversee the network vary a lot on what is acceptable. Usually good common sense will prevail, but if they frown upon things other than what I call "The Big Three" (Porn (especially illegal porn), Hacking (virus propagation), and Illegal (bomb/meth recipe) sites) they should have it documented in a policy and distributed to everyone.

    Monitoring - It varies widely how to tell what, if anything, is being monitored. There are hundreds of ways to set up networks, some are easier/harder to monitor. If it's something that worries you, I like the advice "Use the computer like your granny was sitting beside you."

    Personally I want folks to use common sense, but if your work is being completed and you aren't exposing the company to legal actions or destroying the company's assets, I could care less what you look at online.

    But that is just me.

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