This is funny....Got this from Rotoworld
No time of year demands more office Web surfing than Spring Training. Clearly, foregoing your pre-draft research is not an option; so, the challenge becomes doing it without your boss noticing. Luckily, I’m all about helping you with these kinds of things.
Let’s get the painfully obvious out of the way. Your monitor should face away from the office or cube entrance, allowing ample time to complete your waiver-wire pickup, throw back some microwave popcorn, and close your browser whenever management strolls in.
The ability to quickly switch from your browser window to another application is crucial. I work with a guy who is so awful at it, you can read the Buy It Now price of three eBay items on his screen before he even senses your presence. Not good. If you too have the reflexes of a koala, try using some aids. Strategically placed family photos can act as mirrors, for example.
Blending with the masses
Just about everyone with access to the Internet at work surfs to some extent. So, as long as you’re not the Secretariat of surfing, you should probably be okay.
Copying and pasting stories into a text editor
From a distance, text in Word or Notepad looks to be work related. Flash animation does not.
If you have virtual network computing software, you may be able to use it to access some obsolete machine on your network and surf from there. That way, all logs, cookies, and temporary Internet files are downloaded to that machine rather than yours.
Some “cloaking” sites (such as http://www.pureprivacy.com
) allow you to use their proxy servers, so that the pages you view are downloaded to their machine rather than yours. Many of them can also block cookies, scripts, objects, advertisements, and more.
Some organizations chart Internet usage by bandwidth consumption or download volume. One way to combat this is to configure your browser to reject images (which require infinitely more memory than text).
Using your personal laptop
With your work machine, the company has every advantage. They can monitor it or even install spy software on it. Show up with your own machine, and the tables are turned. They can’t do jack. If you want to get fancy, install a personal firewall on it. (Hey, you’re all about security, right?) Should anyone ask about the laptop, just tell them you are doing so much damn work at home, it’s easier to keep your files in one place.
Befriending the system administrator
If you get in good with the system admin, he or she could provide you with insights as to how the company monitors Internet use. If you really hit the jackpot, your new pal might accidentally on purpose omit your name from usage reports.
Discarding the evidence
For starters, you need to delete your cookies and temporary Internet files on a regular basis. But to really do the job right requires “wiping” your swap. Check out http://www.stack.nl/~galactus/remailers/wipeswap.html