What are office restrictions

Office internet restriction is a practice when employer blocks or limits access to certain websites or services.

Employers justify office restrictions as a method to boost productivity or protect from malicious content. However, in reality, the actual effect of such actions can be the complete opposite – limiting access to the internet can create a repressive work environment.

What content is usually blocked

  • Social networks
  • Gambling sites
  • Multimedia streaming platforms
  • Pornography

How to get around office restrictions

There are many methods to bypass office internet restrictions. Some of them are unsafe and highly unrecommended by security professionals.

We suggest using a VPN, or a virtual private network. It is something like a privately controlled network, where your online activities are protected from all kinds of snoopers.

How does a VPN work

When you connect to the internet, your request goes through your Internet service provider (ISP), which redirects you to the website you intend to visit. When you use a VPN, network traffic between your device and a VPN server is directed through a secure virtual encrypted tunnel, where sent and received data is encrypted.

How safe is VPN?

VPNs secure and protect your online identity. Most of the trusted VPN service providers use latest encryption keys to hide your data from anyone trying to spy on your digital lifestyle.

However, your ISP can see that you are using a VPN, but it cannot decipher the contents of your internet traffic. It means your ISP cannot see anything you do while you are connected.

Can your employer see if you are connected to a VPN

It depends on the level of knowledge and implemented software. Employers can view internet traffic because it is usually directed via individual office routers. If you are using a VPN service, your employer can only see that you are connected to one, but everything you do online while connected is hidden. In most cases they only block ports. This can be quite easily resolved by using a different protocol.