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I want you all to help me go around my company's internet security measures.

Here's the deal: Normally I'm a stickler for the rules, but my work has recently imposed some COMPLETELY unfair rules on me and my coworkers, one of which SEVERELY limits the amount of time we can spend. My job at the paper involves a lot of waiting, and can be up to 16 hour days if things are disastrous enough--but apparently aside from my lunchbreak I am not entitled to do anything at all but work. I know it sounds perfectly reasonable but there are numerous reasons why I don't think its fair to me and my coworkers--one being the federal law here in the US that says for every 4 hours of work time, you are entitled to a 15-minute PAID break. Theoretically this means that aside from my lunch hour I'm entitled to at least bare minimum a half hour of internet usage. The problem is our company does not seem to be very intelligent about how it goes about watching us.

All they do is time us. Which is retarded because we are designing newspaper pages and have to use the internet constantly, or oftentimes are interrupted from a break where it's okay to use the net in order to deal with some catastrophe, during which we minimize what we're doing, only to get blamed for being on the internet all day long.

Long story short is, my company has installed an authentication server login that we have to activate each time we go onto the internet. It logs everywhere we go, and it alerts our bosses and the IT staff if we go to any questionable sites--an alert which is apparently triggered by ESF. The filters and monitors are triggered by text, and by sites refreshing (i.e., every time I click a thread, then click reply, then click back, etc.) so just coming to this forum and reading a handful of posts can become a noteworthy amount of hits.

They wanted us to do some absurd **** where we write down every moment we go on the internet. Rather than be bothered, most of us have just stopped entirely--nobody wants to lose their jobs over something this stupid (which they did threaten us with...because they think seeing me on ESF for a half hour is a half hour of time I don't deserve to be paid to be there). In a way they are right, but like I said--I'm often kept there a minimum of 12 hours. I bought a new car for this job. I drive 30 miles to and from work for this job, meaning my 12 hour day easily becomes a 14 hour day. My girlfriend's about to break up with me because we never see each other, I'm completely exhausted by it, and it is also severely affecting my band's schedule. I think I deserve ten ****ing minutes on the internet every few hours.

So the bottom line here is I am DESPERATELY looking for ways to defeat the company's ability to view where I'm going. One way I found that might work is the site http://collegepie.com/proxy/index.php, which is basically a java-based proxy server. But admittedly, I don't know much about how this stuff works. For all I know, they'd still see me on that particular site for a noteworthy amount of time, and then on checking it, find out what it is and fire my ass. I also thought of other means--including using my own computer as a proxy, or logging on through the terminal servers' desktop internet access (figuring they're less likely to pay attention to the terminal's internet usage, then my actual computer's). But again, I don't have a lot of experience with this kind of thing. All I know is that browsing through different browsers doesn't seem to work, and while it's automated when logging from a PC, the macs require us to use netscape first and type in our logins before ANY browser will work.

Times like now I wish I was better friends with Kurt, heh.

At any rate I'm sure most of us who've worked in oppressive environments understand where I'm coming from. My department MAKES THE ACTUAL NEWSPAPERS and yet we get treated like complete garbage (after winning the papers all kinds of layout and design awards, to boot). I just want things to be fair for those of us who work super hard every week. If you've got any suggestions and feel like kicking a ****headed republican newspaper tycoon in his wallet, feel free to drop a line.


If none of this works, I think you'll all be happy to know I intend to log onto multiple computers and go to the website detailing the federal "15 minute paid break every four hours" law and leave them up ALL WEEKEND LONG. Maybe then they'll get the hint.
 
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Sad to say it, but I don't know any ways around an authentication system. I'll try to look something up for you though.
 
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You're scaling Mt. Fuji, when your boss calls, he needs the reports a day early and they're at home on your computer! You're at 15,000 feet - you need GoToMyPC!

But seriously, what if you used a VNC program so you'd actually be browsing the internet on a computer at home.
 
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Collegepie, eh? Thanks for the link, I'm gonna remember that one should I ever find myself blocked out.
 
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As much as I'd like to, I can't. They are a big company, suing them would ruin my career in publication; I'd never be hired on the East Coast again. Plus I haven't really got the money for it, anyhow.

I think that browsing through my own computer from work with some type of virtual setup would be the safest way--opening a virtual desktop on my machine from work would ensure not having to log into the authentication server, for sure. The problem is that would probably trigger other firewall security, and I doubt very much that I'd keep my job if they found out I went to such lengths. There are no installation restrictions on any of the PCs...and I do have a copy of PCanywhere. That would do it, without a doubt--as far as I know they have no active monitoring of installed programs (otherwise maybe all the ****ing sales reps with their damn AIM up all day would be having THEIR jobs threatened). It depends on the integrity of the company's firewall--which is something I know admittedly little about.

I've found lots of sites that use proxies...but to be honest, they all use web browser based interfaces. It would help to some degree that they not be able to see WHERE I'm going (Apparently ESF triggers some warning and is flagged as a bad site now), but they'd still be able to see when and how long I'm on it and really that's the problem.

Maybe if I got some third party program that could log me onto a proxy server, that ISN'T a web browser...?

You know, they had to come around and rig this up on all the computers manually. I bet the terminal server's internet explorer never had it set up. And more importantly...I bet if I look in the options, I can undo whatever they did (unless it was an installed program). They may have just added an auth server to the logon scripts.

Good suggestions so far. Keep 'em coming. I want to make this company understand that slavery ended a long time ago.
 
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SaiyanPrideXIX said:
One way I found that might work is the site http://collegepie.com/proxy/index.php, which is basically a java-based proxy server.
I'm certain you've already decided this, but I highly recommend you don't use this site as your boss/IT staff will most definately check it out, or automatically assume ti to be a porn site and drop you right away.
 
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www.allaboutabe.com is a fun one, just cilck on the picture on the top left and it will take you to another page which you can go to any site you want. Disguised!
 
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What about that Java-based browser?

There was a topic about it a few weeks ago.
 
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Actually, if I'm going to try a proxy, the most inconspicuous URL of one I found is www.proxert.com.

The java-based browser could work. Since we have to authenticate I'm thinking they have a hardware-based deal, and are bouncing all the internet requests off of it.
 
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Get a PSP or something that browses the internet. Who needs a PC when you have the internet in your pocket? XD
 
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PDAs are better suited for mobile online functions than the PSP is. :3
 
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[ADVICE]After everything you just said, I'm thinking the net/ESF is the least of your problems. I'd put the time and energy your spending on this into those other things, if I were you, imo.[/ADVICE]
 
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I'm guessing that they might of blocked the ports on their route/firewall for pc anywhere, however they may not. I remember when I did Work exp in a office block that they used pc anywhere to access there server computers from there desktop pc.
 
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wheres_warren said:
[ADVICE]After everything you just said, I'm thinking the net/ESF is the least of your problems. I'd put the time and energy your spending on this into those other things, if I were you, imo.[/ADVICE]
I'm thinking if you worked 12-15 hour workdays you'd do the same thing. I know I would.
 

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