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Surf the net behind a firewall.

By fredericklee ยท 12 replies
Apr 7, 2002
  1. Hi

    Would like to know if there's any way to surf the net behind a firewall and will not been tracked

    What I'm trying to say, this that, if a company has a firewall or server that can track all the web sites that have been visited when that person logged in into the server. This there a way that we can surf the net and not leaving any trace behind.
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I don't think that's possible, for the typical user at least.

    Every time your computer tries to access a webpage, it asks the server for it, which is how some programs block certain websites. Most ISP's don't keep a log of this, outside of child porn sites and various other illegitamite keepings. Truth is, there isn't really privacy anymore these days...

    Firewalls are designed to block specific ports on your computer from outside invasion, and some even block programs inside your computer from accesing the internet at all. A firewall's grasp does not go past your phone jack in your modem.

    Server firewalls aren't really firewalls, they're just there to deny access to a few sites out there...

    What are you trying to do, anyway? :suspiciou
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Yeah, I'd like to know that too...

    There are ways to circumvent the firewalls, but they are there for a reason... Do you want to be anonymous on the net, or use it for download/gaming/pr0n surfing/whatever?

    I'll give you the tip that what you're looking for is out there, but unless you can give a very good explanation why, and it doesn't sound like utter BS, that's all you're gonna get...

    (Sorry if I sound a bit crass, it has nothing todo with you!)
  4. fredericklee

    fredericklee TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34


    Don't mistaken me. OK, I'll tell you why. I spend most of my time in office and previously my company does not keep track of our downloads volume. But now they started to implement a 2MB of download per person per month.

    You know, with only 2MB, my daily mp3 downloads has been affected. That's why I would like to know if I can surf the web behind a firewall or server so that my downloading can resume.
  5. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Well I hate to say this but shouldn't you be more worried about working and keeping your job than getting those MP3's ?? And to warn you even further, your company can install software and hardware to track your every move. You may surf hidden but every key stroke on your keyboard can be recorded without you knowing it. Same with some Spyware software your employer may install that you can't see. They may have put a cap on downloads to stop people from waisting company time surfing the net. I am not accusing you of this but I work for a very large company and see people everyday waste HOURS sitting behind a terminal and not doing their assigned job.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Also, depending on how well your work's network has been setup, what you want to do may just be impossible....

    And as Boeing pointed out, they may well be tracking your every move.

    Some workplaces are more nazi than others.... Don't loose that job over a Brittney Spears Album..... :(
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    2Mb per Month?

    Wow that really cuts back on going to many web pages doesn't it? I mean I'm sure I can get 2Megs of temp internet files in a few minutes...
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Wouldn't this be a violation of privacy??? I don't think it would be legal for a company to log keystrokes unless they're suspected of a crime or something other than that. I fully agree with the rest, several people waste time. The company may even be experiencing network problems and lag due to your extraneous activities, so that's why they cracked down upon it. Several companies do this.
    And you can't download your MP3's at home? Queue up about 10 songs and leave your computer and internet on overnight. I do it all the time :)
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Here's a little read -> L'espionnage des emails au boulot

    Sorry but it's in French.:(

    It says that it is now illegal for a company to read employe's private emails because they are private. It doesn't say much about the rest of Internet activities.

    Just stay clear & never give any employer reasons to suspect you, fire you or in worst cases exploit you.:(
  10. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    However, that is not entirely accurate.

    Since you do not own the machine you use at your work, and you likewise do not own a license to the software you are using, technically you are borrowing the machine, the cpu time, the net resources, and the software license from the company to perform your job. It would probably be extremely easy for a company to implement a "over the shoulder" policy that they can put into effect at any time.

    It's like going to a hotel or other such place that records all their phone calls (many customer service stations in MANY companies do this), borrowing their phone, and expecting it not to be recorded and/or listened to.
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Business do track their employee's.. It's been known to happen here in the U.S.. I would imagine other parts of the globe have this happen too.

    I think you answer lies in using a proxy to beat your proxy... Use an anonymous surf site such www.anonymizer.com

    Even something like the Altavista Translater should work fine.

    You can also view webpages using Google's "cached" feature, that shows you cached webpages.. Of course, it's only good for one page. ;)
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Well yes, but you yourself is actually paying for these services, in the hotel case. Do hotels today do this? I haven't heard any news story or anything on it, but I'm sure if true it's a very controversial (this seems to be the word of the new millenia) issue.

    I would write more on the subject but ack! I gotta go to bed.
  13. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    I doubt there is any way for you to get around your company's limitation. Your problem is that you're behind the firewall, all Internet traffic must go through there. You can make your data private through encryption but it's still not anonymous. Abuse of priviledges, a.k.a. downloading MP3s all day at work, are the reason that companies resort to this type of thing!
    Privacy? That depends on where you live! Typically, you don't have much right to privacy on someone else's premises, using their equipment, while they pay your to do work for them...
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