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I guess I'm missing the point. What exactly is it about webmail that is a problem? I use it to keep up with my friends without using up the corporate e-mail servers with non-business related stuff. Is it the non-business aspect that is an issue? That doesn't seem likely, because webmail is very versatile for the traveler, and I can see a lot of the corporate grunts using webmail for business related activities.
Could it be a virus threat? Could it be that corporate wants to keep the risk of infection by an errant e-mail message coming from a webmail service down?
Even though every computer that is on the network runs anti-virus software?
I'd say it's likely.
Could it be that using webmail services bypasses the e-mail filtering system that is installed on the corporate e-mail server? That perhaps there is enough paranoia that someone up the ladder feels that it is necessary to clamp down on every possible avenue of communication that is not corporate-sanitized?
This also seems likely.
Whatever the reason, the end result is the same. I cannot check my personal e-mail from work. I can at least check my LJ friends page, for the time being. I can assume that will end at some point as well, which will leave me virtually stranded during the day.
But if you do need to get a hold of me during the day, you can send me a text message via my cell phone. My LJ userinfo page has the interface to it. It bypasses all of the corporate security measures completely because it never touches their network.
Of course it will only be a matter of time before they ban the use of cell phones and pagers inside the corporate buildings. I think they already have a policy against digital cameras and cell phones with camera capability in some locations.