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Evidently there is a new addition to the corporate computer policy. While attempting to check on my Yahoo! mail account, I got this message:

You have been prevented from viewing this site because Forbidden, this page is categorized as: Webmail.


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.

Bleah.

Comments

gingerpook
Jul. 26th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
Why?
I imagine it's simply wanting to know what you're doing/saying while you're on the clock. And the only way they can do that is to only allow access to the company e-mail. They wouldn't be able to read your Yahoo mail, you know...
azul_ros
Jul. 26th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Why?
Umm...actually, yes, they can read his e-mail!! Any server at a place of employment has several servers that store transferred data for very long periods of time. That includes passwords & other items you may have thought were impervious to the company's "eyes". My company recently had us all take an online ethics course about that specific topic. Basically, it states that servers hold tons of info indefinitely & that they may run scanning programs looking for unethical or non-work related items going through people's PC's. Every day when we log in we agree by clicking on the button that we will follow our company's electronic policies, which flat out state we are not to use our computers for any non-work related activities. That includes e-mails, homework, etc.
As I understand it, any employer has the right to do so, even without telling the employees that they are. See the second page on that second link, 4th paragraph down.

Here's a link to a list of items that they can scan for on your PC:
http://www.cla.org/RuhBook/chp6.htm

Here is another article:
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=22100208
magicmarmot
Jul. 26th, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC)
Nail, coffin...
Just one more example of why I hate the corporate outlook. Things that I find personally atrocious are not only commonplace, they are looked upon as "good business practice".

I need to get out of this pit.

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