Even if they have a darn good reason to ban visits to iTunes during work hours, what is five minutes going to hurt? IT says going to unsafe sites, downloading unauthorized software, and opening attachments from friends are all putting the company’s network in jeopardy. To temper the ill effects of how to “navigate around IT”, the WSJ offers up a video interview with the security officer from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mark Lobel.
Back to the point of the article: 10 ways to side-step your IT guys. As you see on #10 below, balanced reporting once again is the journalistic plate du jour at the WSJ. Every “trick” is counterbalanced with “the risk”, or how you can go to jail, and “how to stay safe”, or how to stay out of jail.
1. How to send large files.
2. How to use software that you company won’t let you download.
3. How to visit the web sites your company blocks.
4. How to clear your tracks on your work laptop.
5. How to search for your work documents from home.
6. How to store work files online.
7. How to keep your privacy when using web email.
8. How to access your work email remotely when your company won’t spring for a Blackberry.
9. How to access your personal email from your Blackberry.
And my personal favorite:
10. How to look like you’re working.
The Problem: You're doing some vital Web surfing and your boss turns the corner. What do you do?
The Trick: Hit Alt-Tab to quickly minimize one window (say, the one where you're browsing ESPN.com) and maximize another (like that presentation that's due today).
The Risk: The good news is that there are no known security risks.
How to Stay Safe: Get back to work.