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Old 5th April 2006, 16:29   #1
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Default Office Websense blocks TBHP.

Mod Note: Please refer to our FAQ entry for the same. Might just solve the issue

Our office proxy uses websense for filtering out various sites. This is mainly done using generic descriptions. TBHP also gets blocked as websense sternly says that "Forums and Message Boards are not allowed". Guys, could not we do something about this?

Its driving me nuts. Something needs to be done about this. Can not we do something so that TBHP does not fall under the generic description of Message Boards and Forums? Basically can we change the description so that it stops from getting caught? I know this can done as inspite of being able to block most of the mail sites (message - Category Webmail is not allowed) I have seen some sites like bluebottle.com and other such mail sites do manage to evade the websense. Obviously they describe themselves differently or else do not describe themselves at all. GTO... ru listening

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Old 5th April 2006, 18:18   #2
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Hmmm... no ideas yet!
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my office people keep blockin sites... i just pray that some day they don'e block Team Bhp...
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my office people keep blockin sites... i just pray that some day they don'e block Team Bhp...
exactly! that is why i wanted to know whether it is not possible to remove that description of TBHP which lets websense (and similar other softwares) to categorize the site as Message Boards and Forums.
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Try Going through this site..its like a proxy ... http://anonymouse.org/..but i guess they would have even blocked such sites..if they r clever enough....
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I doubt

It will kill its googlable ability I guess.
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Oh all those old tricks do not work anymore nowadays! All sites categorized as "Proxy Avoidance" are anyhow blocked.

I think only way out is if the definition/categorization of the site can be changed... GTO will be able to tell whether that can be done. There are a few mail sites which manage to avoid the filter... I understand that they are configured in a way that does not let the Websense proxy categorize them as Webmail (a blocked category).
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It will kill its googlable ability I guess.
But google's way of finding and indexing sites is a very complex way.... Just mere categorization does nothing. In fact predicting how they do it is a big business in itself.

And the best thing is that the mail sites that I found open here inspite of the tough filter (bcoz of a different/no category than Webmail) were actually found through Google... So google did find them
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Zappo

Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done since the web address of every Team-BHP page has the word forum in it. For example, this threads address is http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadgets/11999-office-websense-blocks-tbhp.html

Even if we change the description, it will still be blocked by websense.

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Better you approach your system administrators and try to make them understand that team-bhp is not a conventional chat side. I know it is tough, but if those guy themselves somehow develop addiction to team-bhp, most probably they will lift the filter
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Better you approach your system administrators and try to make them understand that team-bhp is not a conventional chat side. I know it is tough, but if those guy themselves somehow develop addiction to team-bhp, most probably they will lift the filter
yah, educate them and tell that you dont browse teh site more than 10min daily. hehe
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Hey pratheesh thanx a lot for the list.. .most of them i was even aware of. Unfortunately most of these are also blocked... except for the proxytastic.com Again it gets past because the description category is not Proxy Avoidance. However it does not let POST to go through and hence I can not log into tbhp using this proxy :(

Hey GTO... the Websense does not seems to look into the URL words, I think. I just now tried Pratheesh's list. While all got caught as "Proxy Avoidance" the one described above actually sneaked through the websense. And it has the word proxy in it. So I am guessing that the description change should be able to make it past the websense.

@JKD: Yaa mannn... and they will immediately believe me and decide to change the policies I am sure of that... haa haa haaa.
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Get Hutch or Airtel of whichever has GPRS. Get a nice mobile with big screen.
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And.. HTTP tunneling?...
I think it can't be blocked... but can be detected....
and if detected...
you might not need to face websense anymore.
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