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IT opinions needed

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Hunkwithsomefunk, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Hunkwithsomefunk

    Hunkwithsomefunk Newbie

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    I'm looking for a way to work on my IM projects when I have downtime at work, but I'm not sure how closely IT monitors network usage. It would probably look weird that I work in (for example) accounting, but I'm doing some direct marketing in an [insert random niche(not anything xxx)] forum. Does anyone here work in IT, or know how closely regular IT departments monitor computer/network usage?

    My other idea was to start working on a niche that's related to my niche (say accounting) so that when I'm working (say as an accountant) it wouldn't look as weird that I was on a related forum. However, would they be able to see my exact posts?

    Thanks,
     
  2. eXampL

    eXampL Power Member

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    You could rent a vps for like $10/month (depending on what specs you want) and work over there whenever you want but they can still see that you're connecting to a vps so make sure you come up with a good explanation in case someone starts asking questions
     
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  3. Hunkwithsomefunk

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    That seems like it would send up a red flag. What would be a legitimate excuse to use a vps at work?
     
  4. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    "Boss, on my breaks I check personal email and such and did not want to have all that sitting on the servers here and taking up valuable bandwith."

    Yeah, that is weak but tweak it some and maybe that would work for you.
     
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    Lol, i do this at work. I work so fast i have time left. So I ask the guy who monitors the sh*t if I am have permission to access my vps and check if something work. So when I use the pc there I just let the vps open all day and for searching this forum I just go incognito on chrome. Or I use the vps browser
     
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  6. seeplusplus

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    I do this, a LAMP stack with a web application I wrote hosted on it.

    I put an SSL cert on the domain so I can tunnel, and I just .htaccess'd the root so that if they look at the site all they get is the login prompt. i don't do any DNS lookups when connecting.
     
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  7. eviltomato

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    You talking windows or linux?

    If windows.. make sure you get on the other box and force RDP to be encrypted.

    I have my own vmware cluster at home. I have a main box that i use to get onto my network via encryped vpn. From there i have access to my entire network and its all encrypted.

    On another note... Can you tether your cell phone? If you do that and connect your laptop to it via wifi then there is nothing for them to see.
     
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  8. Alibish

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    no idea man :p
    only work on windows
     
  9. Hunkwithsomefunk

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    Do you think they'd be able to see how long I was on the vps?
     
  10. Hunkwithsomefunk

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    Wouldn't they still be able to see network activity in incognito mode? I though incognito just prevented cookies / history of usage on browser.
     
  11. Hunkwithsomefunk

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    I use Windows. I don't have a tethering option right now, but that seems like a good option. If I tethered, I guess they would only know if they got on my PC and noticed it was connected to another network.
     
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    I would say it depends on how much you like your job and how much the IT guy really cares about his. I work in IT on the side and i can see every site they go on etc.. now a days there are companies taking it to the next level with keystroke tracking software that is hidden and you can't tell it's even on the pc. There are always ways around it but there are always ways of finding your work around as well. So like i said if you feel it's worth the risk do it if not don't
     
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  13. ttrox

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    Depending on the company, it's pretty possible they don't give a shit. The only sites they only care about (if they actually do, at all) are sites which consume a big amount of bandwidth or make people lose time (Youtube and Facebook, respectively).

    They could *know* that you are visiting these sites, but chances are they don't really care.
     
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  14. Hunkwithsomefunk

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    Actually, I just had another thought. I could write my articles at work. If I use word on my PC and then just transfer it to a flash drive, they would have no way of knowing what I was doing (barring a keylogger of course, but I doubt my company would do that, wouldn't they need my written consent if they did however?)