[BALU] OT Limiting internet

Jim Vines jgoodguy at charter.net
Mon Jun 4 10:11:25 CDT 2007

Yea what are the regulations and is Jason's boss following corporate 
policy.  If not Jason could be in danger. 

Generally speaking, all employees are expected to use company resources 
for company business and should have signed a doc at hire time to that 
effect.  Internet access should be logged in such a way to identify the 
party.  That is doc.  Some manager will have to counsel the employee and 
that meeting doc and signed off by both parties.  Access to some sites 
can blocked by something as simple as a host file.  (esp on a windows 
machine.)  Takes no resources.

Windows Vista      =      C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K     =     C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Win 98/ME     =     C:\WINDOWS

name is hosts. 

mine looks like

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#     x.acme.com              # x client host       localhost   www.jimvines.pc


If you wanted to block ebay for example add:  www.ebay.com

Remember this is very cheap and not too well known.  PW protect the 
windows folder and the employee cannot change it.

Remember, with doc, your legal bills are minimal.    With doc, your 
lawyer tells their lawyer what is there and the opposing lawyer will 
either not take the case or advise his client to drop it.    No doc 
smells like there is something there.   Think of it as anti virus 
software.   It's a pain, it eats up resources, but the alternative ......


Lane Oden wrote:
> Joseph Blake wrote:
>> Last I checked Alabama was a hire at will state. As long as you don't
>> fire someone for an explicitly illegal reason (discrimination) then
>> you don't need any documentation.
> Eh... It is and isn't that simple. A lot of organizations (particularly companies that exist in more than just Alabama) maintain (good) HR policies that prevent people from being fired on a whim and open up some legal liabilities for poorly documented terminations, even in at-will employment states. 
> Plus burden of proof for disproving discrimination is on the employer. Especially in AL, it'd be a PR nightmare for an organization to let someone go, be accused of discrimination and not have the paperwork to back up why you let the person go. Even if you won the legal battle, your name would get dragged through the mud. 
> "You fired me. It was discrimination. Enjoy the lawsuit. I called ABC 33/40 and now I can find a lawyer for free."
> I had a friend who was a call center manager for a while who said, "I've never fired anyone. They always manage to fire themselves." And whether they fired themselves or not, their perception is always going to be that you have somehow threatened their livelihood and well-being. Humans are vindictive and petty. Make sure your ish does not stink before proceeding here. 
> I'm not saying this is entirely an IT problem. I'm not saying it's entirely a management problem. 
> Jason, does your company/this user's department have an AUP that mentions what content is and is not suitable for computer use during work hours? Can you bust her on it? What kind of surfing are you talking about? Blogging? Ebay? Can you manage to squeeze a transparent proxy in to throttle/filter on a lightweight machine? 
> Lane
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