Networking & wireless forum: Am I being tracked on a wireless network? How can I tell?

by: 96z December 7, 2011 5:47 PM PST

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Am I being tracked on a wireless network? How can I tell?

by 96z - 12/7/11 5:47 PM

At my workplace we recently received a warning that we need to get off the internet during work hours. Half of the shop uses laptops, and the other half desk tops. Originally the desktops were monitored by software that prevented access to non work related sites. Those that worked on desktops were told that the websites they searched for could also be tracked. Obviously due to the software.

The laptops due not have any software installed. All websites are allowed. This is allowed on the network by using a different DNS server which does not have any blocks. If a different DNS server is used then there are websites that are blocked etc.

Now my questions....

1. With the desktops its obvious that activity can be monitored. How is the activity monitored on the laptops with no software and an alternate DNS server with no blocks?

2. It was also mentioned that "too much" time was being spent on the internet. How is this recorded? By the server? I can understand sites, but how time?

3. Even with laptops being on the above mentioned network sans software(to the employees knowledge) , if the history, cookies, etc are erased how can one look at what sites were accessed by what laptop? Could the laptops be recognized by an ID that we are not aware of? Where would this be stored

4. The laptops used to operate on a VPN when offsite but is not used any more. (Not sure if this means or helps at all)

Any advice on the above?are we able to be tracked? Is the time spent trackable?

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