I work for the Feds, and Straight Dope is also blocked at my work through Websense. When I first found out it was blocked I was able to get around it by plugging in the IP address directly, but a couple of months after that they locked it down as well. I’ve run out of options
Does it make me a terrible person that unfiltered (or nearly so) web access is a major consideration in taking a job?
I’m not expecting to look at porn, but I get breaks, and locking down everything just ticks me off. My old company did it only for dating sites, which I can kinda see, but I could still get to nearly everything else. My current job allows anything, and my boss (who is also IT director) has explicitly told me that it is not monitored and that he does not care what I look at. Even the employee handbook only asks that we keep it to no porn and no torrents (and the latter would never be checked for unless you were downloading so much shit that the pipes weren’t available for others’ actual work).
AFAIK, we have unblocked access where I work. The company has a strict (?) “business use only” policy, but it is generally ignored. (I showed my boss how to use Priceline the other day.)
No question, though, they are watching. We just got word of a co-worker getting fired for accessing a porn site. This was a well-thought-of employee, liked by everyone and a hard worker. No-one in the office reported on him, he got nailed by security software. His boss tried to intercede, suggesting a stern warning and counseling. No such luck, corporate security has a zero-tolerance policy, no exceptions.
I’m not savvy enough to understand how IT gurus can block The Dope, but not porn sites. Why give Joe Cubedude access to XXX stuff when you have the power to prevent it?
Websense! I can’t stand it. What’s worse, I have a feast-or-famine job, so while I have lots to do at times, I also see entire days when I have nothing to do except browse the web.
And this company has one of the most restrictive filters I’ve ever seen. CNET is blocked, because they’re afraid I’ll download shareware. Why not just tell people not to install shareware! Why take the whole site away?
I couldn’t work anywhere where I couldn’t get Internet access. It would drive me nuts. Luckily, my boss is pretty open minded about the whole thing. We’re even allowed to surf porn and download Torrents during working hours 'round here.
Why yes, I am self-employed and am my own boss and work at home. Why do you ask?