web privacy at work?
April 11, 2008 5:02 PM Subscribe
How my web privacy do I have when I use the internet at work?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I use the internet at work. Much of it is work related, but at times I do use it for private purposes--reading various blogs/newspapers, as well as personal email, web shopping, and internet dating. Nothing illegal, just nothing I necessarily want my boss to know about, because well, it's private.
So, how much of the internet traffic is actually accessible by the company IT? Specific examples I am curious about are: Is it that IT can tell if I'm on gmail, or can they actually read the content of the email message? I usually don't use the company web based email account for this reason, because I was told that the IT person could read actual emails. But can they read the actual email if I use gmail? Also, if I do internet banking, or enter my credit card to make a web purchase, can the IT person "see" what I'm purchasing, and what my financial information is? One more: If I'm logged into various web sites that require logging in (such as metafilter) can IT tell what my handle is, or just that I'm looking at the page?
I'm posting this as anonymous, because, well, I don't want my colleagues (who definately read metafilter) to know that I'm concerned about web privacy, in case it gives them ideas. Thanks.