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What to do about blocked links?

811 148 June 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM
It just started to happen recently: when I click some links in the forum posts my anti-virus (or whatever corporate security software is running on my machine) blocks me from accessing it. For example, when attempting to access the URL from the original post at https://slickdeals.net/f/6063946-Discover-Cardholders-Sign-up-for-5-cashback-at-Gas-stations-from-July-Sept?v=1, I get this message:
You attempted to visit a site that is in violation of [corporate] acceptable use guidelines or may pose an Information Security threat to you and [corporate] assets.[Corporate] IT flags and blocks sites that are known to threaten [corporate] systems, networks and information or contains material that is offensive or illegal.
Restricted Category: Adware_site
URL attempted: http://redirectingat.com/rewrite.php
Has anyone experience this? Is there a workaround?

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Has anyone experience this? Is there a workaround?
try hitting "reply" to the OP, then copy-pasting the URL directly: (minus the spaces)

https:// www. discover.com/credit-cards/cashback-bonus/cashback-calendar .html
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Just look at those blocked links when you are at home. Even some work related stuff is blocked at work where I work.
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Your company has installed a proxy server and web filter to prevent users from goofing off at work and to also protect the network from malware that could possibly come from non-approved sites. A "workaround" could be grounds for dismissal. Frown

I do support for some offices that basically block ALL of the internet and then whitelist only sites that are work-related. Amazingly, productivity has increased since they implemented this. Wink
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Just look at those blocked links when you are at home. Even some work related stuff is blocked at work where I work.
I am trying to look at them at home (when not connected to the corporate VPN). That's what puzzles me.
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I am trying to look at them at home (when not connected to the corporate VPN). That's what puzzles me.
That is odd, most of those filters are not on your computer and if you are not on the corporate network you should not be getting them. It looks like they might have a local filter. Do you have the corporate version of adaware? If so, see if you can disable it.

You still are using the corporate computer (their rules) however and circumventing company policy could get you in trouble.
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Vpn or Web proxy like zerotunnel.com. Is this a corporate computer?
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try hitting "reply" to the OP, then copy-pasting the URL directly: (minus the spaces)

https:// www. discover.com/credit-cards/cashback-bonus/cashback-calendar .html
Thanks a lot. Using the reply workaround does the trick.

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Vpn or Web proxy like zerotunnel.com. Is this a corporate computer?
Yes. And the alert comes from http://alert.scansafe.net/.
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Your company has installed a proxy server and web filter to prevent users from goofing off at work and to also protect the network from malware that could possibly come from non-approved sites. A "workaround" could be grounds for dismissal.
Well, the caveat here is that have no interest in visiting the blocked site. I just want to go to the destination referenced by OP, which is not blocked by corporate. I just wish SD did not rely on sites that are listed as suspicious by security scanners. But the workaround with a reply option works, so not a big deal. Thanks all for comments.
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Well, the caveat here is that have no interest in visiting the blocked site. I just want to go to the destination referenced by OP, which is not blocked by corporate. I just wish SD did not rely on sites that are listed as suspicious by security scanners. But the workaround with a reply option works, so not a big deal. Thanks all for comments.
Is this a work computer? As a person in IT, if it is, please stop using it for personal use.
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I use this at work for many SD links:
http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/dencoder/

Paste the SD full link in there, decode and then copy out the important bit.
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Has anyone experience this? Is there a workaround?
Yes, easy - just tell your IT department to whitelist it. If it's a legitimate site & you should be able to access it, they'll allow it through. Some scanners have their sensitivity set too high, and it takes a bit of tweaking to get them to block out all the bad stuff without blocking too many legitimate sites.

Or, you know, don't use your corporate machine for personal surfing.
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Yes, easy - just tell your IT department to whitelist it. If it's a legitimate site & you should be able to access it, they'll allow it through. Some scanners have their sensitivity set too high, and it takes a bit of tweaking to get them to block out all the bad stuff without blocking too many legitimate sites.

Or, you know, don't use your corporate machine for personal surfing.
The issue could also be that other clients to the link referral companies that SD use are not so legit and as such getting the referral company black listed.
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