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Authored by: darken9999 on Aug 12, '05 10:36:22AM

As an administrator, I have massive objections to this sorta thing. That aside...

If you're being routed through a proxy, it's very possible that someone is looking through the proxy logs. Even if they don't look at every site you visit, they at least see a list of who uses the web most and who uses it least.

If I was running a proxy, and all of a sudden one of the workstations web activity stopped, I'd check it out. Then that person would be fired, no questions asked.



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Not too smart...
Authored by: Marco Cottone on Aug 12, '05 11:19:10AM

only fired? why don't we kill him?
he has dangerous notions and we are not able to stop him...


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operation: mindcrime



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Not too smart...
Authored by: darken9999 on Aug 12, '05 11:26:39AM

It's one thing to make a mistake, but a company doesn't need someone who wants to put that much effort into breaking the rules.



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What a nice guy you are
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 12, '05 11:28:29AM
no questions asked.

Hmm how nice of you! A little harsh though don't you think? I would ask them about it and get their side of the story. Shame to lose someone without at least giving them a chance to explain.

Of course in most large companies (in the UK at least) you would not be able to fire them no questions asked. Also an administrator would not have authorisation to fire them without getting HR and the person's manager involved. Though perhaps it is different where you work.

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What a nice guy you are
Authored by: mm2270 on Aug 12, '05 02:54:50PM

I would think that before anyone could get terminated from their place of employment by bypassing a proxy, they would first have needed to sign a computer policy agreement specifically stating that it is against company to do so.

In the case of the user who posted this hint, it sounds to me like he used to have access to these services before, and then something changed on the IT end. It would be kind of irresponsible for a company to suddenly halt access to the internet or some services without at least an email explaining that the change is happening. The user could simply argue that he/she wasn't aware that Gmail or whatever was off limits now, since he/she was able to get to it before. IANAL, but I think that argument may hold some weight in a unlawful termination suit.



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Not too smart...
Authored by: hexghost on Aug 12, '05 06:54:21PM

Whatever keeps your babysitting job around and instead of in India, eh?



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Not too smart...
Authored by: kevinv on Aug 15, '05 10:03:27AM

A company can pretty much fire you for anything they wish execept the specific discriminations that are outlawed. You don't have to sign anything before they can fire you for abuse of network resources.

Depending on the nature of the company there maybe very good reasons for the lock down. Do you really want the local bank teller using iChat to send your bank account info to an accomplice on the outside? Do you really want a broker using non-recorded IM to communicate insider information to screw over your 401(k) investments?

I don't think this hint is inappropriate, there are legitimate uses for it too, but as an administrator charged with enforcing company policy anyone found circumventing policy will be reported. Firing isn't up to me, but it'd be a likely scenario. User beware of what you do at work....



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Authored by: iamacat on Sep 27, '05 07:19:29PM

Oh boy.. As someone who actually makes money for the company, I am valued far more than an IT person. My manager will not be amused when you ask him to fire me for checking my gmail account. I think you would have a rather unpleasent conversation with your own boss later. Best just stick to keeping things running smoothly.



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