Work wifi tracking

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I was using our works wifi today looking for a new job on my Android phone. We have two wifi's at work, one is private the other is a guest and I was using the guest. I search a specific job search website "indeed" and got a pop up that says that page is blocked. Now I am worried that they will see it was blocked and somehow trace it back to me. Is that possible? And if it is how? And how can I protect myself that they do not find out it is me! It's Saturday so I have until Monday. Thanks!
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Fabien Gaille

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Hello,

For sure it's possible. You can block specific URL or domain and your IT could gather logs about that. You have many way to do that and the more used could by proxy or "URL Filtering" technologies placed on network devices. Now you know, you have ads everywhere and they will show the same message. You can simply told them it was likely an ad embedded within a webpage you visited (Like newspapper and so on).

Now, the legal way : It all depends on the country your company is located and/or the company rules. If they indicates that the network (often guests' network) is monitored, then, they could use it "against" you. Some companies create rules (Something you may have signed) to bypass country's laws, you can imagine they can't, but the users don't really know that. In many countries, they cannot gather this information and they are not allowed to use it against you. Here in Switzerland, an IT guy gathered information about someone from the state, using the corporate network to watch pornographic contents; The IT guy has been fired and not the other guy.

My conclusion : I'm quite sure they don't gather this information + I'm certain they will not use it against you. You shouldn't worry about that, at worst, if they can't understand you would like to look for a better opportunity and if they break the laws about the information security, it's great for you to leave :D And eventually, you can say it was likely an embedded ad.

Cheers,
Fabien