There are "anonymizers" and there are "proxy" sites out
there. They will take a connection, go get the pages
that you *really* want, rewrite the URLs to come back
through them (so it works) ...and voila!
As soon as you start down that path (content filtering)
you are in for the biggest job of your life.
Build an internal caching proxy server, only let that
through your firewall (chained proxies) ... and hand
over the management of that filtering (internal) server
to the group that wants to play censor.
We did that ... hey, its not my company -- their choice.
It is an inconsistent security policy, though. You know
... they dont check my briefcase as I wander in and out
and we have modems on our desktops. Why this filtering
would drive a sex addict to connect to porno BBSes and
sneak in PlayGeek magazines into the workplace ...
better yet, I can ... or I can ...
We hire good problem solvers (that is why we like them)
and you know what? We've just set up a problem for them
to solve and left a lot of tools sitting around with
which to solve it!
I'm sorry ... I guess the managers don't have time to
manage their employees (who are wasting time hitting
porno sites) ... we'll have the firewall do it.
And -- (last part of the rant :) -- having someone
check the top offenders and make the phone call
asking them to respect the company resources every
now and again will clean up 80% of the problem (like
a previous message suggested). Just tell them you
noticed it while collecting billing data :)
- joe (ranting a lot these days) judge
> I saw an aticle recently about how someone has sent up an end-around
> whereby essentially you request a site: e.g. www.playboy.com, and
> they email you with the html for the page attached.
> You would want to think about this.
> Duncan Kinder