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Old 02-04-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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Hi. Curious, our manager tells us to feel free sending and receiving e mails to and from the office but warns us that the company officials can always have access to employee e mails. He tells us "so you may want to tell your SO to avoid sending steamy/sexual e mails because they can be traced".

What i do is either send e mails (not sexual ones just boring stuff!!) or receive them not directly to/from my office e address but instead using my home computer's ISP webmail or another webmail server. So all e's just come in to my home computer's e mail and i simply check/send the messages via my isp webmail or another webmail server

My question is can employer officials still see my messages if i they are not coming in/going out directly from my office address? Can they crack open all my webmail messages from my isp or the other server?

Another question is, there is a feature on our office computer's outlook express e mail panel called a "quarantine". what on earth is that? is that if a confidential document is accidentally sent on outside e mail it gets dropped in the quarantine and the office officials are notified? Always curious about that
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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First, its their network, not yours and they can do anything they want with it, up to and including monitoring every bit that crosses it. Unless you're connecting to your webmail via SSL and you know that your browser isn't trusting an internal SSL proxy that could quietly decrypt your connection, everything you do could be intercepted, viewed, and logged. Is it worth it to get your personal email while you're supposed to be working? If you need personal email during the day, I suggest using a cell phone.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: ***Spokane***
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Oh yes unfortunately, remember now; all the hardware from the computer , keyboard , as well as the larger infrastructure such as the mail server or more depending on the size of your corporation is their property. All and everything passing through these fiberoptic connections is subject to their viewing. I am retired from fed gov/t in the IT world... Unfortunate sad stories.., but that's another thread....just "remember" Big Brother is watching...Just keep that in mind...
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Hi. Curious, our manager tells us to feel free sending and receiving e mails to and from the office but warns us that the company officials can always have access to employee e mails. He tells us "so you may want to tell your SO to avoid sending steamy/sexual e mails because they can be traced".

What i do is either send e mails (not sexual ones just boring stuff!!) or receive them not directly to/from my office e address but instead using my home computer's ISP webmail or another webmail server. So all e's just come in to my home computer's e mail and i simply check/send the messages via my isp webmail or another webmail server

My question is can employer officials still see my messages if i they are not coming in/going out directly from my office address? Can they crack open all my webmail messages from my isp or the other server?

Another question is, there is a feature on our office computer's outlook express e mail panel called a "quarantine". what on earth is that? is that if a confidential document is accidentally sent on outside e mail it gets dropped in the quarantine and the office officials are notified? Always curious about that
As long as you are using your companies network/system. Anything you can see, they can potentially see. And gone are the days where it may be hard to sift through mounds of data to find evidence etc. I can very quickly pull reports on any employee at my organization with regards to just about any actions they've performed using a corporate IT resource.

The "bright" side to that is as long as you don't' draw attention to yourself, you can stay under the radar. No one is sitting there looking at the data in real time to make sure no profanity or offensive content is being sent. They simply are logged and reviewed when necessary.
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