Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
How can your internet usage be traced?
Not that it would apply to anyone on FF, but let's say there was someone who worked for a large and very diverse organisation with thousands of computers connected to its internet server, so that there's tons of internet traffic on pretty much every imaginable topic, and for some reason the employer wanted to check usage on a given computer which, fortunately, there is no likelihood of happening in the foreseeable future.
Let's also assume that the webmaster had told me - sorry, this friend of mine who wants to know all this - that they can trace stuff like the sites you've visited but it's a fair exercise and not undertaken lightly, but they can go back through the tapes or whatever. The webmaster also said that if you go in through another server like Hotmail, which oddly enough is how I happen to go into FF in response to the e-mails, they can't trace what happens after you go in there.
So does anyone know how it's likely to work, and what sort of detail is likely to be available?
Please don't ask me what sort of system we use - sorry, that my friend uses -, because I haven't got a clue. All I know is there's two or more servers (I don't even really know what a server is) and POP mail and a firewall, which shows just how little I know. I care even less, apart from this topic, because I just regard computers and the internet as tools, like books, and I don't need to know how to make paper or ink or print to be able to get what I want from a book.