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A LOT of vendors blocked on govt computers

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  1. Jhutt

    Jhutt Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2013
    Been noticing more and more recently when browsing the internet at work for juice or what have you. 90% of it is blocked, any one know why? The whole vape ban thing you think?

    This is the message that I get

    [TABLE="width: 80%"]


    [TD]Access Denied (policy_denied)



    [TD]Your system policy has denied access to the requested




    For assistance, contact your network support

  2. Kevin33

    Kevin33 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    No, I don't think they are not targeting vape sites.

    I know that our NIPR in Germany blocks a lot of online shopping sites. We can still get on Amazon, but Ebay has been blocked for years. A lot of smaller shopping sites are also disabled, it has to do with how the site is registered. Just like how adult sites are blocked, if they are registered as such, some are registered as regular sites or blogs and are not blocked. I've had a few friends who access blogs that are full of adult content on NIPR, no idea why, not very smart.
  3. Harlen

    Harlen Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2013
    Charlotte Nc
    They are doing there part in protecting you from the bad things in life .
    Try online tobacco sights ????
  4. zapped

    zapped Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    It could be because they know....expect you to work at work instead of surfing the net. Call me crazy and all.................
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 28, 2009
    Willamette Valley, PNW
    LOL, word for word what I was going to post.

    I'd be surprised if there weren't a lot of other sites that are blocked on your system at work besides just ones associated with vaping.
  6. twgbonehead

    twgbonehead Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2011
    MA, USA
    If my employer was smart, they would block ECF! Just sayin....
  7. kapp_badbloodz

    kapp_badbloodz Full Member Verified Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    Browns Mills
    Being friends with some comm guys... they said that sometimes servers are banning unknown websites. So if there isnt significant traffic from NIPR users that meet the requirements (safe to use) then they outright block all unknown websites. You can submit requests to unlock these sites through your comm focal point. Call and yell at them for being dumb.
  8. Kevin33

    Kevin33 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Our NIPR where I'm at right now has Youtube banned. Is this the same for anyone else?
  9. sc12

    sc12 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    Bottom line is: employers don't have to let us use their equipment and resources for personal stuff. I liked that mine didn't give a hoot as long as we didn't break anything and got our work done.
  10. ssgswjohnson

    ssgswjohnson Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2014
    Fort Meade, MD
    There are a LOT of changes coming down the line guys. I work at DISA (im not writing policy, so don't blame me! lol) and trust me, while things get caught in the crossfire, they are doing these things for the right reasons. I cant go into the weeds on it, obviously, but if you all could see the intel reports on cyber warfare (I know, I know. sounds lame-sauce) you would definitely be a bit more understanding. As time goes on, a better picture of what needs to be blocked and what doesn't will form up and things SHOULD get better. I know it doesn't help now though, and it sucks especially hard for those of you overseas...
  11. Jhutt

    Jhutt Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2013
    Well I am in the strategic comm area so alot of my "work" is on the computer anyway. So you can call it multi-tasking haha, we're all guilty of it.
  12. Kevin33

    Kevin33 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Especially overseas sitting at the TOC........ It would be better if they hadn't blocked Youtube. Have you ever heard of this? I know that it is a local policy of some sort, because in my home station in Germany it's not blocked.
  13. AaronY

    AaronY Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 26, 2011
    Santa Monica
    Do you have a couple of sites that are blocked? Curious to send them around and see if other branches of the military and government have the same problem. It is crazy that they block sites that help save lives of people that fight for our freedom.
  14. jdeezy92

    jdeezy92 Full Member Verified Member

    Age verification block maybe? "Are you 18 years or older?" Could be flagged as Adult Content ? Lol
  15. Tmartin63

    Tmartin63 Happy Vaper Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I work for a large well known bank and they block vape sites, however the message we receive is because it's tagged as a tobacco site.
  16. ssgswjohnson

    ssgswjohnson Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2014
    Fort Meade, MD
    some of them may be local policy just to keep people on task. If I remember correctly, sometimes DOD has to block things based on host country laws as well... although I really dont know if that is relevent to the Vape sites being blocked. My guess is its how its tagged or local policy. I havent found many blocked vape sites here stateside, so its probably more local than NIPR wide.

    As far as Youtube, that is definately local policy.
  17. EatBacon

    EatBacon Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I think this may be a part of it...... I don't so any personal tasks on my GOV computer, not because I'm a regs freak. It's because everything you do is saved and can be pulled by the commo techs at any time. I have assisted in investigations relating to computers and you would be amazed what they can uncover. I Like to keep my personal stuff personal.
  18. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Apr 5, 2013
    As a retired comm troop, calling to ask for a non-official site to be unblocked will do nothing more than draw unwanted attention with a visit to the unit's commander asking why their personnel are attempting to surf to non-work related sites on government assets. Loved those calls when we got them. We even had one clueless wight call and ask why Playboy's site was blocked. Seriously?!! The resulting visit to the unit's Commander was priceless. :lol:

    Government computers are to be used for official business, not shopping and surfing. ;)
  19. Chambo007

    Chambo007 Full Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    United States
    I am not having that issue here. Actually none of the vape sites I have gone too have been blocked on my gov PC. A number of them took ages to load though.
  20. Jonathan Sewall

    Jonathan Sewall Full Member Verified Member

    Tons if sites are allowed on gov computer. Just google vape shops and bam!!
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