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December 06, 2005

Which companies block employees' Web access?

Stephen Baker

Anyone out there know of companies that block employees from Web-surfing, or ration access to the Web? We're looking at some of the technology, and we know that financial institutions routinely block access. But we're looking for other examples.

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Navigant Consulting (Chicago, D.C.) used to block certain cites - i.e. ESPN. But not longer.

Posted by: P.H. at December 6, 2005 11:11 PM

My company uses Sentian ( we actually have a new filtering software) It blocks sites based on their servers and text for pornography, chat, games, and a couple of other categories. When you have an off color blog or one run on the same block of servers as a games or adult site, you get blocked at the local level.

Posted by: Jim Durbin at December 7, 2005 06:46 AM

hsbc blocks certain sites but also blocks internet access for certain staff.

Posted by: anony at December 7, 2005 07:27 AM

I always thought the funniest example of this was Bloomberg News, which tries to limit the sites its reporters can visit. For example, Bloomberg blocks a number of sites that offer email -- all in an effort to keep reporters from checking their personal mail.

Bloomberg wants its workers to use the company's in-house email system. And that system has some censoring capabilities. If you try to send an email that contains curse words, the system will prevent it.

Posted by: Paul Conley at December 7, 2005 10:03 AM

Dell blocks most sites as does Metro Nashville Public Schools. The best part of MNPS web blocker, they block their own site!

Posted by: FH Alexander at December 7, 2005 10:07 AM

Both Mandalay Resort Group (now part of MGM/Mirage) and Gaylord Entertainment block sites with "objectionable content" as well as any site to get personal email. I think it's silly to block access to personal email, because that just encourages employees to get personal email through their work address, thereby clogging up servers and opening up the possibility of more viruses (though I don't know that for sure).

While with Mandalay, I had to proofread a room service menu and couldn't even log onto liquor distribution sites or bacardi.com. Made proofreading a little difficult!

Posted by: Former Employee at December 7, 2005 10:52 AM

VeriSign blocks all URLs that contains the word 'Job' in it, discouraging its employees from looking for alternate career options by using company's resources. Of course, pronographic content is also blocked, not that I've tried accessing such sites from work ;)

Posted by: Tarun at December 8, 2005 04:09 AM

I've worked for many financial firms. The one firm I've worked for, Brown Brothers Harriman doesn't block any websites including personal email sites, which is great!

All other firms such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, UBS, and Soros Asset Management all block personal email sites, which I think is ridiculous because it makes one use their work email for personal reasons.

Posted by: Manuel at May 19, 2006 09:40 AM

verizon India is blocking all chat sites and personnel mails ...But US employees of the same company is njoying everything there ...a step mother attitude ...

Posted by: vivek at May 29, 2006 06:40 AM

Satyam blocks all kinds of sites.Jobsites are only a part.No webmail is allowed.

Posted by: Sanal at May 29, 2006 07:20 AM

Reliance Industries blocks all such sites, and thus, no mails, no chats and now its 24 * 7 working hours!! Huh, this is real tiresome.

Posted by: jolly at June 23, 2006 05:56 AM

My company... EZIRS (Egon Zehnder Info & Research Services) a subsidiary of Egon ZEhnder International has blocked all mail and entertainement sites .. using WEBSENSE.

Posted by: nupur bhandari at August 25, 2006 07:34 AM

Super 8 Motels block certain sites--usually those that allow contact with other people whether it be post boards or networks like Myspace--but allows minimal web surfing, and email.

Posted by: That Girl at November 21, 2006 07:08 PM

Wipro allows website access upon supervisor's permission only which is purely project based and presumes that internet access is used for official purpose only. Still e-mail access is not allowed.

Posted by: srini at December 3, 2006 08:57 AM

JPMorgan does not block their employees internet access. That is not true.

Posted by: mike at December 15, 2006 08:55 PM

My employer uses Sonic Wall and blocks most everything at certain locations that it manages.

Posted by: jill at April 10, 2007 04:55 PM

What is the workaround for this type of problem ?

Is there any alternate website which can ride us to email sites like Yahoo, Gmail, Rediff etc...

Posted by: Raj at April 26, 2007 11:29 AM


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