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nivinjoy
Doubts in Torrent Download

I am working in a firm where many sites are blocked and downloads are also banned.. But i have an IP where there is no block and i can download also.. And i download many things (mostly softwares) through torrents.. I use utorrent for this..

Now they have made it more strict and many more sites including Yahoo was blocked.

And now what i want to ask is that if i download something through Utorrent will the System Administrator or the Network Administrator be able to know the following

1) Whether i am downloading something..??

2) What i am downloading..??

3) How much (in size) am i downloading..??

And will they be able to cancel my download..??

Guys please reply to these queries and help me out in this..!!
FunDa
Mostly it depends on how they are blocking the sites.

But, blocking and monitoring torrents should be relatively easily for the system administrators. They can easily block all ports except for the web. That will block all torrents and instant messaging and FTP programs. I was once in a LAN where they had blocked access to most ports, so torrents and messaging were blocked along with gaming ports like SecondLife.

If they are only blocking certain domain names, u are safe. But they can surely see the bandwidth being used up. And soon, they will get around to blocking torrents.
ocalhoun
nivinjoy wrote:

And now what i want to ask is that if i download something through Utorrent will the System Administrator or the Network Administrator be able to know the following

1) Whether i am downloading something..??

2) What i am downloading..??

3) How much (in size) am i downloading..??

And will they be able to cancel my download..??

Guys please reply to these queries and help me out in this..!!


They can easily track everything you do on the computer if they have the proper equipment. Everything.
You should assume everything you do on a company-owned computer is known the the network admin- it very well could be.

Could they stop your download? Again, with the right equipment installed, it would be easy to.
More likely, you'll get a stern talking to and/or disciplinary action from your boss, unless you can demonstrate how your download was work-related.
AftershockVibe
Ocalhoun is exactly right. However, there are varying degrees of difficulty in doing each.

1) Whether i am downloading something..??
Trivial

2) What i am downloading..??
Quite difficult. Assuming of course they won't just march over to your computer and take a look!

3) How much (in size) am i downloading..??
Incredibly easy.
nivinjoy
For blocking the sites they are using Fortiguard or something like that from Fortinet and it is category blocking for sites..!!

And they are using proper equipments i think..!! Because it is a must for maintaining a big firm like ours..!!
dasli
useful for , thanks for info
nivinjoy
dasli wrote:
useful for , thanks for info


What you mean..??
FunDa
For bypassing blocked websites, u can always use a proxy website.

There are literally hundreds of proxy websites ou there. Just google and go through a few before u select one, because many of hem are very very slow.

Some also have the ability to strip off ads from hte page, so choose wisely.

If u find it difficult to find a good proxy, try using Google translate to translate a page from English to English.

It works like a proxy because the page comes from Google's server and its very unlikely that anybody would block Google.


But regarding tracking you, definitely they can track the bandwidth usage very very easily. What website u use may be slightly more difficult to track from another computer without some amount of computer knowledge, but definitely will be done in ur case.
Xanify
IT admins can see basically everything you do on your computer. I don't think they can remotely cancel a utorrent download, though - they can certainly block it remotely, but they can't make utorrent stop downloading Torrent X from the server.

However, practically speaking, IT admins don't really care. Going through log files is incredibly tedious.
misterXY
Quick note, don't bother doing this as you will get fired from your work! l've witnessed people "outsmarting" their employers and personally know a dozen of different ways too hack/bypass things like lans lockdowns. But just remember, don't go stupid. Torrenting on your work computer, they'll notice you have a spike of 700mb (like movie), or using facebook (they'll notice the cookies quick), etc.. but if you must, here's a reference for surviving an IT lockdown

http://labnol.blogspot.com/2005/12/how-to-access-blocked-websites.html

http://lifehacker.com/151919/geek-to-live--survive-it-lockdown
Da Rossa
About network spying, almost everyting is possible. Even finding out what are you downloading. Knowing that you're downloading and how much is, as people above said, incredibly easy. If your company is interested on blocking "nasty" things, you better assume that they've already taken care of it. They just need to spend some cash and specialists will do this job.
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