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«How to Bypass Most Firewall Restrictions and Access the Internet Privately »
More and more employers and universities are becoming aware of the amount of time their employees or students are spending using the Internet for personal reasons. Obviously employers want to discourage this behavior and may implement a number of different ways to do so. These can include;
* Restricting people from installing programs on their workstation. This usually won’t stop someone from accessing websites, but it may keep people from playing games or using instant messaging software.
* Using a firewall or proxy server to restrict access to websites or other Internet protocols. All your Internet communication passes through your network’s firewall, so it’s a great place to monitor and restrict access. How complex or restrictive it is largely depends how tech savvy your IT department is.
* Using a network monitoring system to «spy» on Internet access. This is a form of firewall monitoring, where your employer can intercept and read/save anything flowing through their firewall. Your IT department may call this an Intrusion Detection System, which is primarily used to monitor for attempted hacker attacks or viruses.
* Installing programs on workstations that monitor Internet access. This is probably the toughest thing to get around because there are so many different vendors that offer this type of software. In addition, there is software that simply records every keystroke you press. In most cases, there’s no way around this other than disabling the software.
This guide discusses a way an employee or student can securely access the Internet while at work or school, and also get around some common firewall restrictions that prevent you from using most networked programs. My definition of «securely» means that there should be no mean by which your employer can know which websites you have visited or are currently visiting, and can not view or decipher the content of those sites (without actually standing over your shoulder.)