Monday, April 26, 2010

Downloading porn on a government computer

We all heard the story about the SEC employees who downloaded porn at work. Here are my thoughts:
Many private companies allow their employees to use company PC's for personal use, as long as they get their work done. The extra amount of electricity consumed and the extra wear and tear to the PC are negligible. Ultimately it boils down to balancing productivity with morale, so it is a decision best left to the discretion of management. Any policy regarding the use of PC's and the Internet should be made clear.

No matter who you work for, never do anything on a computer unless you want your boss to know about it!

3 comments:

Tim Zank said...

Robert, the thing I find hysterical is that the people working at the secc charged with over seeing and regulating complex financial transaction are so not smart enough to realize every computer key stroke is recorded...

I'll say one thing for government employees, they are nothing if not consistent.

Government controlled health care will ba lot smoother, i'm sure...
heh heh heh...

Robert Enders said...

Tim,
1. I know at least one former federal employee who reads this site. Perhaps he can tell us why it was multiple SEC guys who got caught instead of one. You would think that one guy would do it, get caught, and the rest would be too scared to try it. Personally, this is why I don't even blog at work.
2. I think I thought of an easy way around key logging software. Send an email to yourself containing the link to the porn site. Open the email and follow the link. Of course it would be smart to clear your browser history and empty the cookie folder.

Daddy said...

There is no easy way around key logging software, besides, not doing anything regrettable if revealed.

Relying on cleaning cookies and browsing history alone for security is not smart at all, its rather stupid, if you excuse me for a little friendly offense.

Its getting logged in so many different places and sold around it is not even funny anymore. Its so easy to set up and so hard to get rid of, its a lost game from the start. Imagine playing without a queen against a chess master.

Imagine you are an investigator. What working condition would you prefer: to pursue tough possibly armed criminals through a rugged terrain, or watching port sitting on your sofa with your donuts, running data mining software that process, finds and print you an evidence report in required format on the pimpled basement-bound kid without you ever having to raise a finger to destruct you from your meal or your game?