IM, proxy, privacy or installing software: 10 tips to beat your corporate IT dept.

Reading personal mail from office, installing unauthorized software, blogging during work hours, reading websites your corporate proxy or firewall is blocking… Let’s all admit it: no matter how busy or not, how professional or not, we’re all doing this one day or another. The IT department’s job is of course to make such things hard, if not impossible. Hard, you say? No more! I found a very neat article listing 10 tricks to beat the IT dept guys:

  • SEND GIANT FILES
    Everybody needs to email big files from time to time, everything from big marketing presentations to vacation photos. But if you send anything larger than a few megabytes, chances are you’ll get an email saying you’ve hit the company’s limit.
  • USE SOFTWARE THAT YOUR COMPANY WON’T LET YOU DOWNLOAD
    Many companies require that employees get permission from the IT department to download software. But that can be problematic if you’re trying to download software that your IT department has blacklisted.
  • VISIT THE WEB SITES YOUR COMPANY BLOCKS
    Companies often block employees from visiting certain sites — ranging from the really nefarious (porn) to probably bad (gambling) to mostly innocuous (Web-based email services).
  • CLEAR YOUR TRACKS ON YOUR WORK LAPTOP
    If you use a company-owned laptop at home, chances are you use it for personal tasks: planning family vacations, shopping for beach books, organizing online photo albums and so on. Many companies reserve the right to monitor all that activity, because the laptops are technically their property. So what happens if your — ahem — friend accidentally surfs onto a porn site or does a Web search for some embarrassing ailment?
  • SEARCH FOR YOUR WORK DOCUMENTS FROM HOME
    You’re catching up on work late at night or over the weekend — but the documents you need to search through are stuck on your office PC.
  • STORE WORK FILES ONLINE
    Desktop search aside, most people who often work away from the office have come up with their own solution to getting access to work files. They save them on a disk or a portable device and then plug it into a home computer. Or they store the files on the company network, then access the network remotely. But portable devices can be cumbersome, and company-network connections can be slow and unreliable.
  • KEEP YOUR PRIVACY WHEN USING WEB EMAIL
    Many companies now have the ability to track employees’ emails, both on work email accounts and personal Web-based accounts, as well as IM conversations.
  • ACCESS YOUR WORK EMAIL REMOTELY WHEN YOUR COMPANY WON’T SPRING FOR A BLACKBERRY
    Anyone without a BlackBerry knows the feeling: There’s a lull in the conversation when you’re out to dinner or an after-work beer, and everyone reaches for their pocket to grab their BlackBerry, leaving you alone to stir your drink.
  • ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ON YOUR BLACKBERRY
    If you do have a BlackBerry, you’ve probably got a different problem: You want to get your personal email just as easily as work email.
  • LOOK LIKE YOU’RE WORKING
    You’re doing some vital Web surfing and your boss turns the corner. What do you do?

For all these tricks, technical explanations and risks you’re exposing to, go read this article on the Online Wall Street Journal. Very cool information indeed :)

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