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I have a buddy that works in a big office, and he was woundering how safe IM's are? [No it's not me, I use my own PC at work:D ] His coumpany can track down what web sites he goes to, and check emails, and he just wants to know how IM's work. Everything I can find for him shows that once you close that window, it's gone. Anyone know? I know you CAN save them, but do they get kept on a company main frame?
 

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I didn`t think you could even save them. I know I cant save them, When there gone there gone. I would have liked to cut, copy & paste from them at times but cant even do that.
 

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IM is realitively safe, but I'm sure there is a hole somewhere. Since IM is not really for running programs and it is for sending of text back and forth, it is realitively safe... BUT again, nothing is totally safe.

From an MIS perspective, one of my hats is running our MIS and yes, generally, we can track most of your activity including, web sites, email stats, chat, IM, etc. Actually reading and monitor contents of email can be done with many systems, but not worth the time. There are some that monitor the incoming and outgoing messages to see if there is too much personal email going on with company equipment.

As for the copy/paste of IM, you should be able to, but it may be the IM client you are using. If there is not a copy/paste menu item, try

CTRL-INS to copy
SHFT-INS to paste

*** or ***

CTRL-C to copy
CTRL-V to paste

One of those option is *usually* on.
 

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Just re-read your question on the company saving your IM's.. sure they could do it if they wanted to. We have log files of all the http address that people go to. I don't scan them, but I can bring up a window and tell me who has been doing "porn". It scans the http addresses for common terms and then shows me the IP address of who it was, when they did it and for how long.... I don't do it though.

As for the IM's, sure, you can watch for those types of data packets and store them to a disk anywhere. Then scan it and look for bad things... but again, I have better things to do with my time. There are other methods of tracking down non-productive employees.

I work lots and lots of hours, so when I take some time during the day to goof off it's not that big of a deal, my company still gets 12 to 15 hours of my time a day. I have the same deal with my direct reports... work hard, play hard and give me the hours you owe me. If they don't watch the clock, I won't do it to them. My concept is innocent until proven guilty. I will not baby-sit or micro-manage. I can tell from day to day activity if you are goofing off too much.
 

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Originally posted by tisenberg


As for the copy/paste of IM, you should be able to, but it may be the IM client you are using. If there is not a copy/paste menu item, try

CTRL-INS to copy
SHFT-INS to paste

*** or ***

CTRL-C to copy
CTRL-V to paste

One of those option is *usually* on. [/B]


My I/M (MSN) works from a pop-up screen and if I click "C" to copy I lose the pop-up screen so there is nothing to see too copy.
 

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Not sure on the Mac, but on PC if what you want to save can fit on the screen you can take a screen capture image with the (Prt Scrn) Print Screen key, hitting this key puts the entire content shown on the screen into the clipboard and it can then be pasted into any paint program as an image and saved that way.
 

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I just tested it and if you highlight the text in the upper window where your inbound message is, hold the CTRL key and press C, it copies to the paste buffer. If you forget to hold the CTRL key, you will see a "C" show up in the window where you type the outbound message.
 

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Originally posted by tisenberg

As for the IM's, sure, you can watch for those types of data packets and store them to a disk anywhere. Then scan it and look for bad things... but again, I have better things to do with my time. There are other methods of tracking down non-productive employees.


So they can read whats said between people, or just that said person was IMing for 15 min?
 

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I think if they have the right unpackagers, you can read all the messages. I can track who is doing it, number of messages sent and recieved, size of messages, but haven't cared enough to crack them open... maybe I should just for the challenge.
 

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Originally posted by Argee
Does that mean your in trouble at work Paul?:eek:

Na, not me. No one cares at my work, plus I am on a stand alone PC at my work. Also My work email is on my internet accunt, and I do all the internet stuff in the deparant. They say something to me, they lose there email.:D :D
 
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