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Old 08-26-19, 01:33 PM
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Does your work block certain websites?

I know a few people have mentioned this, but does your office/place of employment block certain websites like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, ESPN or whatever.

Is it due to prevent distractions?

My office does block some sites that have mentions of violence or gambling. But YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are all wide open. I can't get to the horror movie website Bloody-Disgusting.com just because of it's title.

What if you tried to view YouTube or Twitter on your phone at work? Would that be a big no and could lead you to getting into trouble?

Online game websites, which I know can be a huge distraction, are also not blocked where I work. I'm talking about some of those paid/free RPG sites.

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Old 08-26-19, 01:36 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

Yep. Seems to be fairly random where I am. I can get to a lot of stuff I shouldn't be able to (if they were concerned with privacy/PC content) but can't get to many that pose no issue like the official website for Final Fantasy 14, which I use fairly often.
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When I started here, all websites aside from porn seemed to be unblocked. Then my work decided on a whim to block lots of websites including video game websites, social media and Youtube. There was a revolt from the call center staff because their entire job is to answer incoming client requests/issues. If there are no calls coming in or it's slow, they don't have any work to do so they spent downtime dicking around the internet. About a month later the company caved and brought all those blocked websites back. They figured out that morale nosedived and there was zero increase in productivity in any department.
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

When i first started here many years ago they blocked sites. It seemed random as hell too as one day I tried to go to Gibson Guitar's page and it was blocked. Not long after they lifted the blocking and It's been a free for all for years.
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Old 08-26-19, 02:18 PM
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Yep after an employee brought in a ransomware virus from online shopping or music streaming... the content filtering hammer came down quick after that.
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Old 08-26-19, 02:20 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

Wikileaks is a no no. For obvious reasons.
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Old 08-26-19, 02:47 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

As far as I've experienced, nothing is blocked at all. Based on our poor excuse for what passes as an IT department, I'm not surprised in the least.
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Old 08-26-19, 03:34 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

Yeah, but it's random.
Video game sites and tumblr are blocked, but not reddit or Facebook.
Or this site (guess where I'm posting from).

It's kinda weird how they chose them.
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

I've worked IT in higher education for over 20 years. Academic freedom prohibits any filtering besides blocking access to maliciously coded sites. We do log everything so when an intellectual property cease & desist letter arrives we know to whom to hand it.
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Old 08-26-19, 03:52 PM
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I remember a year ago I went into a Taco Bell for lunch and discovered that their free Wi-Fi blocked this site. I just figured that they just randomly blocked sites that they thought might be bandwidth and they figured for some reason this site would use a lot so it was blocked.
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Old 08-26-19, 03:57 PM
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They mainly block streaming sites to reduce bandwidth issues. Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, stuff like that. Most everything else if fair game. That's on our secure Network, but the guest wireless you can stream whatever you want.
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Old 08-26-19, 04:54 PM
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Well there's always a way around the blocking. I always have fun trying to beat the blockers, finding ingenious ways to intentionally waste bandwidth and / or download files on those who play the blocking game. Well, if they didn't block in the first place... I wouldn't bother.
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Old 08-26-19, 05:46 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

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I remember a year ago I went into a Taco Bell for lunch and discovered that their free Wi-Fi blocked this site. I just figured that they just randomly blocked sites that they thought might be bandwidth and they figured for some reason this site would use a lot so it was blocked.
Nah, it's probably because there are too many Taco Bell haters here that always recommend Mexican food trucks instead.
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Old 08-26-19, 06:01 PM
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Wikileaks is a no no. For obvious reasons.
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

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Nah, it's probably because there are too many Taco Bell haters here that always recommend Mexican food trucks instead.
You will take my Taco Bell when you pry my cold dead chubby five-layer-burrito-smeared fingers from it.

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Well there's always a way around the blocking. I always have fun trying to beat the blockers, finding ingenious ways to intentionally waste bandwidth and / or download files on those who play the blocking game. Well, if they didn't block in the first place... I wouldn't bother.
Who the hell hijacked zyzzle's account?

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In answer to the original question--there are probably sites my employer blocks, but because I know they monitor everything I do on their network, I just use my smartphone to access the Web from work, and I make sure I never connect to the guest wi fi. I use my data plan for everything unless I'm at home.
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Old 08-26-19, 08:21 PM
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What if you tried to view YouTube or Twitter on your phone at work? Would that be a big no and could lead you to getting into trouble?
If it's against company policy yes. I see no reason why it should be trouble if done during lunch break.

One can also use a VPN to be more on the safe side if browsing mobile or other device at work.

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Old 08-26-19, 11:46 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

The place I was just working at had Blu-Ray.com blocked for some reason (it showed an Error message when trying to get through) but this site was in the clear.
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Old 08-27-19, 06:12 AM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

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I know a few people have mentioned this, but does your office/place of employment block certain websites like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, ESPN or whatever.

Is it due to prevent distractions?

My office does block some sites that have mentions of violence or gambling. But YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are all wide open. I can't get to the horror movie website Bloody-Disgusting.com just because of it's title.

What if you tried to view YouTube or Twitter on your phone at work? Would that be a big no and could lead you to getting into trouble?

Online game websites, which I know can be a huge distraction, are also not blocked where I work. I'm talking about some of those paid/free RPG sites.
Yes

Primarily for bandwidth and also because many have malware, spyware or trojans associated with them
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Old 08-27-19, 06:55 AM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

My office blocks social media on the wifi for smartphones, but if you are hardwired in, you can get to them. I'm new, so I'm not going to rock the boat on that one.
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Old 08-27-19, 08:53 AM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

When I worked retail, we basically only had access to our company's website, FedEX, and a few HR related websites. My current job in an office however, no.
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Old 08-31-19, 05:46 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

I worked at two call-centers (Sears and Farmers Insurance). We would be constantly surfing the 'net in the Sears call-center (altho being careful not to get busted by a manager walking down the aisle looking over your shoulder!). At Farmers they blocked Facebook. You could get on about everywhere else. They also "recorded" whatever you you were doing on your computer at the time of the call. So during your one-on-one weekly meeting with your manager when they would go over certain calls they would monitor for quality purposes, not only would you get to hear the recorded call, you would also get to see what computer pages you were accessing at the same time to assist the customer. So if it was a non-work related thing - you were totally busted with the evidence right there in front of you! LOL.

No more call-center work for me. I got tired of the "Big Brother" is watching BS...
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Old 08-31-19, 09:50 PM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

Strangely, the hospital I work at has Snapchat blocked through their public wifi. No other social media is blocked.
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Old 09-01-19, 12:38 AM
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The company I work for is headquartered in a city with professional sports teams. A colleague, who is a fan of a rival city, discovered the rival city’s sports team sites were blocked in our company network. The teams in the company’s home city are not blocked.
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Old 09-01-19, 06:37 AM
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My school district provides laptops for all employees. They now not only block entire sites through their network, but have baked into the standard image a software-based blocking solution so laptops continue to filter regardless of the network they connect to. That blocks very specifically, like individual YouTube creators not producing PG content.
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Old 09-01-19, 08:55 AM
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Re: Does your work block certain websites?

Different management groups have blocked different things. Right now it's pretty open, but Netflix and some sports sites are blocked. In the past they tried blocking YouTube, but there is too much useful work-related information there so they had to open it up again. During the 2006 bubble, they blocked the investment sites.

I assume they block porn. I haven't checked.
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