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Browse The Web Anonymously At Work
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Ok, so on a typical day at work how many times have you found yourself browsing the internet for non-work related stuff? Sure, many of us don't hesitate to use company time to do a bit of online shopping, check out an ex-girlfriends/ex-boyfriends Facebook updates, or look at funny pictures of cats. Even if you're an upstanding employee who only uses allotted time (coffee break, lunch break) to surf the net on your workplace's Wifi, you should consider browsing the web anonymously. Why?

Chances are that your employer has taken measures to maintain network integrity. This would include putting up a firewall which can actually block the sites you want to visit. It's common for a workplace to block Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other time-wasting websites.

Aside from actually blocking these sites, there's also software called a "packet sniffer". This can be used to monitor ALL network traffic. So even if you're on your coffee break, using your personal iPhone/Android phone to browse the web, your internet traffic is being tracked, and depending on how you spend your downtime, you may get flagged.

And there's a lot more that you can see with network monitoring software. When you share an IP address with other users, with the right kind of equipment, and the knowledge to do so, you can read personal emails, hijack passwords, collect information about the type of operating system and serial number of individual computers/phones, and of course browsing history.

Now, chances are that surfing the net with your real IP address at work isn't going to get you infected with any kind of malware or spyware, and you probably won't get your password hijacked. This stuff, if it did happen, would most likely occur in a public place like an airport, cafe, or hotel. But having your personal information and browsing content monitored by your employer is a real possibility.

What are the contents of those streaming videos you're watching on your lunch break? Have you every had a bad day and entertained the idea of finding a new job? Did you chat with your friend about what a jerk your boss is? This information may not be as private as you think, even if you're not using company equipment to surf the internet.

To browse the web anonymously at work, I would suggest a web based proxy service. The advantage of web based proxies is that there's no installation necessary. This means that you can use any device, whether it be your work computer, personal laptop, or smart phone to connect to the internet privately. You can unblock sites and protect your privacy online. Other than a web based proxy, virtual private networks are also popular online privacy tools.


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