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By helen653 ·
I am a manager of a company.
We have a small network installed.
And we have also an network administrator.
Now I want to know if when I'm surfing he can see
which websites I visit and how to prevent it.
And also if it is possible that he can see the password I use to log on to hotmail, yahoo.com
or other email.

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by bohicam1 In reply to newtwork

Since you are on a small network, I doubt you have a proxy server. The only way I think he can check to see what sites you have visited is to look on your machine in the "temporary Internet Files" folder. This is where all sites and their cookies are stored.
As for passwords, the sites you mentioned will not keep passwords on your computer unless you have prompted windows to save your passwords. If that was the case, they would be stored in an encrypted format on your hard drive somewhere and he would have to do some real digging to unencrypt them.
To prevent any of this, make sure that windows is never allowed to save your passwords. Also, make sure you clean out your internet files at each logoff.
Good luck!

Mike

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by helen653 In reply to newtwork

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by nikki96 In reply to newtwork

He can also install any spyware he wishes if he has access to your computer. He can also grab any packets that zing along the network if he wishes. There is no protection against the latter except to only use sites that use encryption ("Secure Login" at a lot of them) and that won't keep him from knowing what sites you visit, only your passwords. The former can be sniffed out with things like AdAware and other spyware detectors.
If someone with access to the network REALLY wants to know what sites you visit, there is no way I know of to keep them from that. Packet sniffers are a dime a dozen.

HTH
Nikki

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by helen653 In reply to newtwork

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by GMTurner In reply to newtwork

If he has installed a screen sharing or spyware app he might be able to. You should be able to easily locate a variety of windows shareware utilities to detect and remove such software Similar software exists for Macs, but sometimes it's harder to find.

But before removing it, ask the boss if s/he authorized it to be installed on the machine. Afterall, it is the company's computer... there are plenty of articles out there about employers monitoring employees internet usage to make sure work is getting done. Also, if an employee accesses a website and another employee gets offended by the content of the website, the employer might be held liable for creating a hostile work environment if harassment charges are ever filed. And, if s/he has NOT authorized it, remember that viruses and certain shareware apps (like Kazaa) can also install such spyware, so it wasn't necessarily the net admin that did it.

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by helen653 In reply to newtwork

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by qballrail In reply to newtwork

Your Network Admin should be able to monitor all activity on the network as well as Internet access. Unless you are the owner of the company, you really shouldn't be concerned about what s/he sees of your activities. Largely, the Net Admin is alsoan agent of the owner, one of the many "hats" worn by that title. Remember you are not on your personal computer and subject to monitoring at all times. As far as passwords on remote mail servers go, there is little chance he can find it unless like mentioned above, s/he does some really time consuming decryption.

To be honest, having been an admin myself, your question raises several red flags. The networks I administered were very tight, with a proxy and blocking software. I'm a very strong proponent of restrictions of computer/internet usage in the work place. As and Admin, you have to consider the owner's concerns where usage is concerned. What may be totally innocent to one may not be to another. As a manager, you may not like that, and I understand that. However, the equipment is not yours so there must be some restrictions. Most places enforce an EEUP (Electronic Equipment Usage Policy) which restricts most usage to company-related. This minimizes employee down-time, personal business, as well as prevention of any harassment issues which may arise.

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by helen653 In reply to newtwork

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by RCOM In reply to newtwork

As the previous response says in a very nice way. What the **** are you doing at WORK that the nerd puke could get you into trouble for? :)

Your outside email accounts should be safe unless you use auto-login or the guy is doing some of the sneaky things others here mentioned.

But you can delete the files saved in

C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files, C:\Windows\Cookies
C:\Windows\History
C:\Windows\Recent

Depending on what operating system and if you are using local profiles then there's other places that internet surfing files can be found. It's very tough to completely hide this stuff without some type of wiper software.

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