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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 10/9/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have a question about this web-site.  I don't mean to sound paranoid or anything, I was just wondering about something.  Would it be possible for these postings to be traced back to us by potential employers and other people?  I have heard that potential employers can check your personal internet usage, and tract down all the web-sites that you go to.  Does anyone know if this is really true?  Sorry, again I don't mean to sound overly concerned about this.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/9/2006 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jade,

Don't worry -- it's not a crazy concern -- very valid in fact. If you access HW on your work computer, then theoretically, yes, your employer *could* trace your movements (because of website cookies and files). An easy, if not very thorough, fix is to go to Tools and then Options and delete files, cookies and history regularly. If you can, you might want also to install a "washer" on your system (though be careful -- sometimes they "wash" more than you want!).

All that said, I think what employers are more worried about is people looking up "dodgy" websites. That's something that you can be disciplined for -- but you can't be discriminated against on medical/disability grounds (you could sue their butts off!).

Hope this hasn't added to your worries!! :)

Rosie x

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   Posted 10/10/2006 3:19 AM (GMT -6)   
there is no such thing as a totally secure system.  i spent many yrs doing "secure" military systems.  that animal didn't exist when i became disabled in 91.  the security of a system is a function of the value of that is in that system.  would you spend $1 million to secure  a system that, if compromised,, would only be worth $1.00?  no. the cost of security is always less than  the vaule of the system.
once upon a time, long ago and far away, i worked with another guy and we were pain to penetrate the secure systems at the pentagon.  i can't tell you the results of our probing activities, but we had some geneal officers scratching thei heads.
the only way to make a computer totally safe is to place it in a locked room, unplugged from telephone and electricity, inside a faraday cage.  even then i couldn't tell you that was totally secure.
all that said, if you use your home computer, in the privacy of your own home, and access hw, WHO CARES?  it's your homw and your computer.  a business would be in violation of seveal laws if it pried into your files and history.  if at work, that's another story.  your employer (several recent court decisions) owns the computer and it's contents.  accessing hw from work could get you fired because you are using the computer for non-work related purposes.
hope this helps.
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