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Porn and Filtering and PurpleMemories

Jeff Hayes’ Blog has an article on Porn and Content Filtering.

It made me think of Four stories I have from running Web Proxy servers back a few years ago for a large company:

1) First time turning on the filters just to log (not to Block)

The first porn surfer spotted was a nice guy known to me…and a hardcore evangelical Christian. Yikes. I stopped looking real quick. I didn’t want to know who else was porn surfing.

2) Ballsy request(s) to unblock porn sites

I was always surprised by the people asking to have web sites unblocked that, when we checked them, turned out to be hardcore or softcore porn. I certainly would not have had the guts to ask a Security Director unknown to me to open up a porn site. Lots of people did though.

3) Weirdest incident involving a proxy server

I was tracking down threats of physical and sexual harm done in a chat room to a Vikings fan by a Packers fan. Very weird.

The incident came from the Corporate Counsel to me. I am sad to report the GB fan (and fellow employee) was the threatener.

I don’t know what was done with to the guy in the end. A very frustrating part of investigations at that company – HR always hushed things up.

The best thing that came out of it was a answering machine message I used for awhile that had been on the vicitm’s machine which I used for several years afterwards in the pre-do-not call days: “Hello. If you are selling something or soliciting a contribution, please hang up now. Otherwise, leave your message after the beep”.

4) Porn Story

One morning when I came in, a PC break/fix technician and his supervisor were stalking my cube.

While fixing the guys PC, they found what appeared to be large amounts of porn on his PC. Further investigation showed that this programmer was actually writing/supporting porn sites on company time. He was allowed to quit and walk out by HR who hushed it up.

Update 1/6/2008: Some grammar cleaned up.

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