Work Computers

All of us use work computers for other than strictly business purposes. We know that the IT folks CAN read your e-mail, see what sites you go to, and even which programs you're currently running on your workstation.

These programs allow employers to see exactly what is on your screen at any moment by bringing up your workstation. My work decided to use a "BLOCK EVERYTHING" policy, where any personal e-mail (entry point for evil viruses), social networks, eBay, etc...are verboten. No minesweeper, or solitaire for you, changing your settings, wallpaper, nada! We even have a sticker in red lettering on our phones that read something to the effect of: "Use of this phone constitutes authorization to monitoring at all times."

Some say that employer's shouldn't be allowed to invade your work privacy. But, where there's a will there's a way...

What's your take on this?

5 comments:

ira said...

Lol! So did you write this post from work or home??

I beleive they should give more freedom,else they would piss the employees off and wont get the optimum efficiency out of them.

If they do not trust their employees to use such a simple thing as the internet wisely, then how can they trust them with their work?

Here's the ip address of a proxy server that works in my office!
66.232.118.093

Best of Luck! :)

Sam said...

I wrote it at home. The ones from work are generally drafted at home and posted during lunch ;)

Lynn said...

They shouldn't be so nosy. Hey I'm going to be in San Diego area for a week. *hint*

Sam said...

Now, we know you don't live in San Diego. Introduce youself or give a link to your blog, myspace, et...

Arlene said...

Hmmm, I guess the way I look at it is it's their property and their time. My work doesn't have anything blocked, and I know that at anytime IT can see what I'm doing. I get my work done though, so I don't worry about it too much :-)