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Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

Gel
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Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

When in office I used to be able to access my ISP's website for private mail.
This week I now find blocked by HQ policy; Sad seems to block anything when mail is in title or URL, or may be more sophisticated, unknown to me.
Any suggestions valued?
We can't use Blackberries either due to manufacturing restrictions on wifi
in immediate vicinity.
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James
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

I take it something primitive like http://tinyurl.com/276xs2 wouldn't work either?
Gel
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

Thanks 4 that; am away from office, so just connected via VPN and that tiny link doesn't work, or show me a blockage page.
It's fine when off VPN, but I can't do that when in office.
Normal plusnet mail (+ other ISP's generates this page text)
Message I see is:
Problem Report
Access denied to system because of URL Filter Configuration, while attempting to retrieve the URL: https://webmail.plus.net:443.

Message ID
Blocked by Websense Category: The Websense category "General Email" is filtered.

Problem Description
Your system was configured to deny access to this URL.

Possible Problem Cause
Request denied, as specified in the local filter list configuration.

Possible Solution
Traffic to and from the internet is being filtered and logged.Access to this site has been blocked
by HQ policy.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

what would happen if you used Thunderbird and IMAP?, you can put Thunderbird on a USB and not the main machine, or cant you use USB?
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

Quote from: Gel
This week I now find blocked by HQ policy

If you try and circumvent that you'll probably find yourself liable for misconduct, possibly even leading to dismissal, under the companies security policy.
That said, the policy needs to be explained clearly and also reasonable in the circumstances, so you could always ask your management to justify why it is so restrictive.
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

Circumventing IT policy's is not always conducive with continued employment. However stupid they are.
Doh! need to post quicker !!
Lurker
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Re: Company server now blocks access to plus net webmail

I'd agree. We've parted company with people as high up as a previous Managing Director on account of breaches of company IT Policy.