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Random IT question - since you are in the know...

I know that at work even if I delete my Internet history, that someone knowledgeable can dig up where I have been surfing – BUT can they see exactly where I have been on password protected sites (as in personal email/fool postings etc…?)
Just curious.

(we have a very unsophisticated IT staff – It is a shared position depending on who knows more about a specific task – somedays, it is me…)

peace & clear history
t
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I know that at work even if I delete my Internet history, that someone knowledgeable can dig up where I have been surfing – BUT can they see exactly where I have been on password protected sites (as in personal email/fool postings etc…?)

Depends on how dedicated they are.

Mostly, they could tell how long you were on a site, how many times you hit a page (either by refreshing or clicking a link) on that site, yada yada yada. That can actually be done very easily, just by checking the logs.

If they wanted more info, they could get it, but they wouldn't need it to fire you. Simply proving you went to a non-work related site over and over and over would be grounds.

Speaking of that, I should *probably* get back to work....

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I know that at work even if I delete my Internet history, that someone knowledgeable can dig up where I have been surfing – BUT can they see exactly where I have been on password protected sites (as in personal email/fool postings etc…?)
Just curious.


There are tools that can be installed which will mirror your internet usage.

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There are tools that can be installed which will mirror your internet usage.



OCD: entire live screen shot

I used to kick it with the IT people during lunch sometimes at my previous job and we would sit around looking at some of the stupid stuff some people were looking at, while they were looking at it. It was interesting. Sometimes we would dial up their phone extention from IT and watch them close out of certain website, as if we were sitting there watching what they were doing. Naturally we'd say "oh I dialed the wrong number."

I asked one of them one time about whether my interweb use was excessive and he just laughed. He said it was more than the acceptable amount, but extremely lower than average.

My personal favorite was the third level manager who basically spent the entire day trading and monitoring stock in Scottrade. Like ALL day. EVERY day.

Fun times.

RJ
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It's time like these that I'm glad that I work for a small company with no IT department.

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I asked one of them one time about whether my interweb use was excessive and he just laughed. He said it was more than the acceptable amount, but extremely lower than average.

Do you use your interweb device to access the Moldy Fool? ;-)

My personal favorite was the third level manager who basically spent the entire day trading and monitoring stock in Scottrade. Like ALL day. EVERY day.

When I was in IM, and before we went through other types of ISPs, we literally had an internal modem bank for employees, that they had to dial in to in order to access our internal network. Of course, they could access IE from there, so a lot of them used it as their personal, free ISP.

The modems would occasionally get "hung" while rebooting so it was our job to monitor the modem banks and re-reboot hung connections, so we had a monitor with a switchbox that let us look at all 20 periodically to check for hung connections. We were totally restructuring the network one year so we had a LOT of late hours.

At about 10PM one night we watched some guy dial in (it happened to hit the modem that was up on screen at the time) and IMMEDIATELY start surfing porn. We laughed, rebooted the modem, and kicked him off. Back he comes. Five or six times.

Since you were actually being hosted on the physical machine we were monitoring, I opened up notepad on that machine (so he could see it) and typed: "So, exactly WHAT are you doing?"

He closed Notepad, and instead of getting off the connection, got back to surfing porn. I opened Notepad again and typed that this was a misuse of company resources and would need to stop or the activity would be reported. He closed Notepad AGAIN (who did he think was doing that, anyway?) and got back to surfing porn.

I booted him one last time, back he came. I checked his ID, disabled his account, and made a note to have the HelpDesk have the guy's manager call someone before they re-enabled it. We saw him trying to dial in a couple of more times before he gave up.

He had a difficult time explaining what had happened or why he had to have his manager call before he could log in again the next day... don't know what ended up happening, but jeez... what a blockhead!!!!

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I asked one of them one time about whether my interweb use was excessive and he just laughed. He said it was more than the acceptable amount, but extremely lower than average.

My company claims they don't routinely monitor internet usage or email, only in cases where they are investigating someone for another reason.

So what are the chances that they're lying? I know that they're allowed to lie about stuff like this. Personally I sort of believe them, I have a hard time seeing our IT people have the time or budget to monitor people when they don't absolutely need to.
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My company claims they don't routinely monitor internet usage or email, only in cases where they are investigating someone for another reason.

So what are the chances that they're lying?



Not monitoring it is different from having the ability to monitor. My company policy was not to monitor unless there was a reason to.

We were just doing it for fun.

RJ
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Pretty much, unless there is a lock icon in your browser that indicates you are on a secure connection, anything you do over a network is visible to someone who has the knowledge and the desire to see it.
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If they wanted more info, they could get it, but they wouldn't need it to fire you. Simply proving you went to a non-work related site over and over and over would be grounds.


not so worried about being fired because of it.
Just when I give notice in a couple weeks, I will wonder if they will look back on my usage to see if was making side deals on their time....

really it is a super small company and I don't think anyone will even check - just wondered what is possible.

peace & web usage
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Just when I give notice in a couple weeks

Does this mean you a taking that contract with your former employer?
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Does this mean you a taking that contract with your former employer?

DIANAKALT AND I CALL DIBS!

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DIANAKALT AND I CALL DIBS!

Just had a thought. I have this liquid that has been known to travel by plane. I wonder if tconi would transport some of this liquid out yonder way. Hmmmmm.

Odee
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Just had a thought. I have this liquid that has been known to travel by plane. I wonder if tconi would transport some of this liquid out yonder way. Hmmmmm.

The sheer magnitude of seeing tconi AND getting brandy at the same time just very nearly caused me to faint.

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DIANAKALT AND I CALL DIBS!


Hmmm. Does frissy know?
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Hmmm. Does frissy know?

No no, not on frissy's man. Just tconi. Er, I mean, just tconi's time when she's here in KC.

Besides, I have a man. HE certianly doesn't stop at chaste kissing, either.

impolite
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Besides, I have a man. HE certianly doesn't stop at chaste kissing, either.



Vouch.

RJ
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The sheer magnitude of seeing tconi AND getting brandy at the same time just very nearly caused me to faint.

LOL! Wonder what kind of reaction you'd have it *I* delivered it personally.

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DIANAKALT AND I CALL DIBS!
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Just had a thought. I have this liquid that has been known to travel by plane. I wonder if tconi would transport some of this liquid out yonder way. Hmmmmm.


more than happy to transport controlled substances across state lines - especially if it can be delivered in a Thai restaurant.

peace & contrabrandy
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more than happy to transport controlled substances across state lines

It will be controlled until it arrives at it's final destination.

Odee
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