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Old 03-25-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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The new company I work for tells everyone we can be on their WiFi (they used to have us use the Employee one but now we are told to log on to the guest one). I’m just wondering if they can check what websites you are on from your personal phone? Like can they check if you are on FB on your iPhone? Not that I have time to be on my phone much but if I use Spotify on my phone to listen to music will that slow down the network?
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yes, they can see if they want.

http://money.com/money/4890303/employer-browsing-data/
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:47 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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The new company I work for tells everyone we can be on their WiFi (they used to have us use the Employee one but now we are told to log on to the guest one). Iím just wondering if they can check what websites you are on from your personal phone? Like can they check if you are on FB on your iPhone? Not that I have time to be on my phone much but if I use Spotify on my phone to listen to music will that slow down the network?
Yes, they can see it.


You streaming Spotify likely won't impact the office's wifi. Hundreds of people streaming Spotify will be noticeable. How noticeable depends on their setup.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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you know im always paranoid about it as im pretty bad about browsing at work when I have some downtime.

but ive worked at 3 different fortune 500 companies now. and in all my years, I have not heard one person ever getting tracked from it.

ive heard it happen at other companies. but never one ive been at
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:35 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Absolutely - the owner of the network can pretty much add any tools they want to monitor the traffic flowing across their network. Whether or not they actually do it is another question.

In the end, most companies provide a guest wifi so that they don't have to worry about the traffic and the risks these personal devices bring on their internal network. Monitoring traffic isn't exactly easy or effortless, and most IT/security departments are busy enough trying to keep company data in and malicious actors out. The guest network is often not something they tend to worry about...as much.

If you are really concerned, use a VPN service. Albeit some places may actually block those.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The only reason I would join the guest Wifi is if the cell service is so bad there as to be unusable.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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We have a guest WiFi, no login required. I suppose if you had a specific login that you had to use, then yes, they could track it to you. In our instance, I'm not sure how they'd track it to an individual unless they seized their personal property to get the network info. The vast majority of IT personnel I've spoken to on this matter don't really care about it unless you're clogging up their network bandwidth or is inappropriate for work. That's why services like Hulu and Netflix tend to be blocked. Ours still allows for YouTube and music streaming services, which is good because I use both while working. YouTube is a great resource for tutorials and disseminating information, so that's my guess for why they don't usually block that video content site.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:02 PM
 
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I can't imagine any company putting the time and cost into doing this. Let's say there are 1,000 employees in their building, plus guests, cleaning service employees, vendors, etc.......how are they going to pinpoint who's doing what? And why would they care or bother with such nonsense? It's not worth the time/effort to do something like this unless there was some child p.orn ring coming out of that location. You can safely Spotify/Facebook to your heart's content.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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I'm glad I rarely use my phone at work for calls. And even if they tracked them, the info. would be awfully boring and innocent.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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I can't imagine any company putting the time and cost into doing this. Let's say there are 1,000 employees in their building, plus guests, cleaning service employees, vendors, etc.......how are they going to pinpoint who's doing what? And why would they care or bother with such nonsense? It's not worth the time/effort to do something like this unless there was some child p.orn ring coming out of that location. You can safely Spotify/Facebook to your heart's content.
Every phone, tablet, laptop, computer and other device connected to a network has a unique MAC address. Every company these days has access to plenty of automated tools that monitor their network. If they want to see how much time any device is connected to Facebook or Citydata for instance it's as easy as writing an automated script to monitor that. It takes literally no time/effort to monitor these things because it's all done with software and AI. Just assume everything you are doing online is being tracked because it is. If not by your work's IT department then by your ISP or phone carrier and of course by the government (anyone read the Edward Snowden reports?).

Sure most people are doing boring stuff that nobody cares about. But say you underperforming at work and they are looking for justification to fire you and they can just pull a report that says you are surfing Facebook for 8 hours a day at work then they have just cause now.
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