Is the big brother watching

peterpan123

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Hi, I am working for an academic institute. Even in the lab, we have to login to our account to be able to use the internet. More interestingly, they have a router for each room in the dormintory. Does that mean they can get into my mail account and also monitor what sites I visited?
 

maflynn

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They cannot access your emails, but they can monitor what addresses you visit. Most organizations log the IP addresses you visit, but the logs are so huge, its unlikely they'll do anything with.
 

peterpan123

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They cannot access your emails, but they can monitor what addresses you visit. Most organizations log the IP addresses you visit, but the logs are so huge, its unlikely they'll do anything with.
Do you mean they can check what websites I visited?

Why can't they access emails? Can they obtain passwords of various account as I connect to the internet via their router?

Is using the 4g connection from phone company at home the most secure way?
 

556fmjoe

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Do you mean they can check what websites I visited?

Why can't they access emails? Can they obtain passwords of various account as I connect to the internet via their router?

Is using the 4g connection from phone company at home the most secure way?
They can access anything that passes through their network unencrypted. That includes emails, HTTP traffic, etc. Your email client probably secures the transmission of the password, so that is likely safe, but not all email clients will do that by default and not all do a good job.
 

satcomer

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You can't do anything out that. Most governments just go to listen at ISPs that they put under a NDA so users never now.

Now what you have to worry about is hackers getting into your computer via a Trojan. So as a Mac user you can protect yourself by not doing anything nefarious on the Net and get the shareware Little Snitch. It acts like a reverse firewall telling you the users what is going out on your Mac. You have to give permission for something to go out on the Internet. You will be surprised on how many programs will call home for no reason.