Network/Server literate people

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  1. Emart

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    My network blocks a lot of the hosting sites people use here, how can I get around that? I vaguely remember a way but don't remember specifics...
     
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    It depends on how they're actually blocking the traffic. It may be as simple as changing your Proxy Server settings. However they could be more clever and be blocking them at the firewall, in which case you're SOL.
     
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    I should add that attempts to bypass your company's Internet security could and probably will get you fired. It is their resources, their investment, and their time. IMO I'd just forget about it. Is looking at some photos worth your job?
     
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    Well, if it's a crappy firewall, you can simply snag the IP addy of the site via cmd and bypass it there. That's how a lot of schools that I worked on were set up.
     
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    What kind of operating system hosts the server and what operating system are you using?
    Be specific and I'll let you know if I know a way around it.
     
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    How sad! :cry
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    Well thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. I had absolutely NO inclination that looking at sexual stuff at work could POSSIBLY get me in trouble.
     
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    I'm running XP Home edition, and I have no idea what OS hosts the server. Any easy way to figure that out?


    It's at a university FYI.
     
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    Sounds simple enough and likely applicable to me.....how do I go about doing that specifically?
     
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    Start > Run > Type in "CMD" and hit enter. A DOS prompt will come up and type in "ping www.XXXXXX.com" and hit enter(Without quotes of course.) This will bring up the ip address. Open up a web browser and type in the IP address and hit enter. Like I said, this will only work with very crappy set firewalls that only have URL word filters.
     
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    Well, nice attitude! :eyes Please forgive me for trying to give you good advice. While we're on the subject, it could also get you kicked out of school, and you'd be forfeiting your tuition fees. But no worries, you won't be receiving any more advice from me, on this or any other subject. :ugh
     
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    Emart, do not ask for advice or help from "server literate" people if you have no intention of listening to it. Heelfetish is an expert in that field, and he gave you his expert opinion. You have no right to dismiss it.

    If you actually got fired or kicked out of school for looking at porn you'd sure feel like a loser, wouldn't you?
     
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    Thank you Puss... But I have one comment on your post... I'm not an expert. I personally believe there are no 'experts' in this field, as it is too vast and ever-changing for any one person to know it all. However I am a Network Administrator by profession (for a College, no less), and feel I am qualified to answer his question. It was my 'professional' opinion. :) Thank you, that is all. :D
     
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    SSH tunneling FTW!

    I don't know too much about networking in comparrison to hardware, but i'm damn good at breaking shit. :D
     
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    I interpreted it as you being a condescend, not you giving helpful advice. Maybe I'm right maybe I'm not.
     
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    That's illogical. I asked how to do something, not should I do it. I'm the only one that should be judging whether it's right or wrong, and thus the sarcastic reply.

    I'm open to the idea I just interpreted earnest advice as judgemental condescend. Either way I don't think either of us will be losing much sleep over it.
     
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    Unfortunately didn't work.
     
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    This is a valid concern so I obviously wouldn't look at questionable material at work or if I attended Wheaton or Evangel or some school like that. Here it's quite a challenge to get kicked out.
     
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    Emart, I wasn't trying to be condescending. As stated above, I'm a network admin for a College, I deal with these issues day in and day out. My concern was genuine, and I only posted it because most don't think of the consequences of their actions. I would have posted step-by-step instructions for you if I could, but without more information (That will be difficult for you to gather) it's pretty much impossible to advise you on how to get around their security.

    My point is simply this: Your school is obviously taking appropriate steps to protect their network. Blocking sites like that is done for many reasons. Keeping people from looking at porn is just one, and it's low on the list. Realistically, there are several security issues with many of these sites, which often contain security exploits, trojans, malware, etc. Your school's IT staff is protecting their network from these threats.

    By bypassing their security, you are opening up holes, which could lead to catastrophe. I know you probably think I'm being melodramatic, but with the way viruses spread these days, if something gets in, it will often flood the entire network as it spreads. Believe me, I've worked around the clock over weekends trying to curb a virus outbreak more than once. :(

    I'm quite certain the IT staff doesn't give a crap if you look at naughty pictures or videos. But they will care about you changing the configuration on their computers, and bypassing their network security. If they are blocking these types of sites, there's also a good chance that they will be auditing the local workstation events as well. If something does happen, they will try to track down the cause. And in the end, they could pinpoint it to your actions. And for that you will in all likelihood be expelled, forfeiting your tuition fees.

    Again, I'm not trying to be condescending, or tell you what is right or wrong. I'm merely trying to present you with all the information so you can make a wise decision. Good luck to you.
     
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    Upon reflection I apologize for the childish and hasty sarcasm, and obviously completely retract my previous statement(s).