How to get fired in one easy step

Lifehacker.com often presents useful and informative articles. This isn’t about those; it’s about the other articles they sometimes present, like this one:

Bypass Heavy-Handed Web Filters with Your Own Proxy Server

Your IT Department installs filters for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • The lawyers told them to.
  • HR told them to.
  • Your manager would rather that you work while you’re getting paid for it, and browse random Web sites on your own time.
  • Many thousands of Web sites contain malicious code that will silently install itself on your computer – and your employer’s network – simply by you visiting the wrong site (which could be the New York Times or Wall Street Journal – both have had third-party advertising banners that contained malicious code).

So, while it may be fun to think you’re “getting away with it,” you probably aren’t (the IT Department keeps logs, and the proxy won’t protect you from that), depending on your employer’s policies, you may be putting your job at serious risk by circumventing the filters IT put there.

Just do something smarter, OK? Like, maybe, work at work, and play at home.

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