A sad day for TKPing on my work computer

Today is a day that will live in infamy.

My work computer pushed some updates over the weekend and I can no longer log in to my TKPC account on TKP.

It at least let's me open the site without logging in. But I won't be able to read TKPC content or comment during work hours. It is indeed a sad day.

2 hours later, productivity has increased twentyfold.

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Wait, how come? This doesn't actually seem possible.

I was going to comment to ask you if you have some external call in authentication (which would be weird and possibly concerning) cause I don't see how else you can block just logging in.

(add if applicable) /s

So the URL for logging in takes you to "/user" and that takes me to a "website blocked" page that says this website is classified as Games.

But... For example, if I click on the top tab "Comments" it does allow me to navigate to the "/comments" page.

Other examples:

"/tracker" blocked.
"/user/register" blocked
"/forum" blocked.
"/sponsors" allowed.

It does allow me to open articles. If they're TKPC, I can see the teaser part, but when I click to either log in, or to join the club, it takes me to the blocked website.

I also just found out that this latest push now allows youtube to open. As of last week, YouTube dot come was blocked.

this happened to me a couple weeks ago as well and the site was generally classified as "Games"... the problem worked itself out, but it was a sad 2 weeks of TKP'ing.

That sucks. They are actually blocking the URLs. I misunderstood your original post. Unfortunately there's not much I can do.

I'm going to hazard a guess that the combined words "play" and "user" are triggering it, if it's classified as "gaming". Any chance you can set up a second URL for the same page for those with blockers, i.e. "/login"?

Thekeyplay dot com / news / login.......

my issue was specifically with the login as well - the remainder of the site content loaded fine.

thekeyplay.com/absolutelydefinitelyworkrelatedcontentandnotanythingelse/login

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I've actually started having it happen to me as well. Something during the login process triggers a corporate URL block.

Not every time, mind you. But it does happen.

This is my school
This is home

So I can add that this happened to me at my old firm right before I left. I could view all the pages as an external user, but as soon as I entered my credentials to log in I got a "blocked by policy" screen

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

right before I left

sounds like this might have been the final nail that made you decide to leave

It may as well have been!

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

I see... at last we have the reason for the Great Resignation.

Wait, what?

Glad I'm teleworking this week!

Not sure what's going to happen on days when I have to go in the office with no personal electronics allowed.

My work switched to a new proxy server/content filter a few weeks ago that has a similar issue and essentially sandboxes the entire browser session remotely. The new proxy blocks the login/profile page and the tracker (at least) as being "games" or something like that. Individual articles as well as the home page are perfectly accessible. But by not being able to log in, I obviously don't get any of the TKPC stuff.

Luckily, the old (traditional) proxy still works, and our computers aren't locked down enough so I can still switch back. The sad thing is that the old proxy blocks YouTube and most of the image hosting sites, so my TKPing at work is never perfect.

Based on your profile, I'm gonna guess you are affected by the same proxy. It may be worthwhile to ask your IT department if they still have the old proxy online "for legacy applications" that are now broken (I'm sure people at your work are also legitimately affected by the change).

(I'm sure people at your work are also legitimately affected by the change).

Um, isn't that what this entire thread is about? ...him legitimately being affected.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Walked right in to that one...

If you know someone who is working with the team that is configuring the policies, you can have them re-categorize TKP as something other than 'Games' and it should start working again. That's what I had to do for access when I go onsite.

I told him I’d crawl on my hands and knees to be the DL coach at Virginia Tech. Now, all of a sudden, I’m sitting in this chair and I told him I’d still crawl on my hands and knees to work here. I just want to be here.
JC Price

Agreed, always know your it guys and treat them like gods. A) they often know stuff that you don't about the workplace B) they often know how to get stuff done that shouldn't get done

I would regularly call in to our help desk for employee access problems and would always go out of my way to have a conversation with them. Paid off many times when it came to gaining access to programs that were beyond my pay grade.

Can your business hire Alum07 and fireman? Asking for a friend

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

What a nice guy trying to hook up jobs for fellow TKPer's 😌

They can't afford me 😎

Plus, they can't block my Moderna 5G signal

This is my school
This is home

Well, look at the bright side.

Your odds of raises and becoming the boss just went way up.

Downside, he's also raising expectations

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Never understood the need for companies to block certain things online. It's supposed to discourage the slackers I guess (not saying anyone is) but slackers gonna slack regardless.

Navy pushed the same thing like 2 months ago. Tracker and login are blocked, but everything else is fine. But I'm able to login to other sites, including ESPN.

Dammit don't tell me that's what I'm coming back to

My work blocked ESPN because apparently it was so much of a traffic hog that they needed the bandwidth for work from home. You tube also go blocked but only until 5 pm.

My employer blocked ESPN several years ago because 1) our network sucks and 2) because too many employees were trying to stream the NCAA tournament in the spring that it was bogging down our servers to the point of being unusable. It's super fun.

times like this I am thankful I don't live in an place with an oppressive regime that monitors and regulates internet traffic.

🤣🤣

jk, VPN are my 3 favorite letters

Blink twice if you think you're on some kind of list.

Clockwork Orange?

yeah that's where the gif is from

I use chrome, but MS Edge for work stuff since it's linked to Outlook and the rest of Office. We have some leeway in accessing stuff, as long as we don't abuse it.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Next they will be forcing you to work from the basement and take your red stapler. Better burn that bitch to the ground...

(insert Milton gif)

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

I LOL'd, thank you, I needed this today. I'm going to fish.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

You're welcome, good luck and tight lines!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Why do you not TKP on your phone?

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

If he's on company wifi, probably blocked there too, unless he wants to use data

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Because when I'm in the office, no personal electronics allowed. So it's straight up work computer. One of the nice changes during the COVID shutdowns is that our organization learned that you can be just as productive working virtually, so at least now I can regularly telework a few days per week, which is nice.

Dang that sucks. I cant imagine being the age I am now and being told I can't use an electronic device as if I am some child that can't control his own actions. Give me the job to do and I'll do it. Who cares if I look at a phone every now and then as long as it is done and done right.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

The military and defense contractors frequently don't allow personal devices for security reasons, not because they don't trust their employees to get their jobs done.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

That's like the definition of not trusting your employees. Government job or not.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

I mean your cell phone can be hacked into without your knowledge. If the work you're doing is Top Secret then the first thing you do is remove personal devices to prevent bringing a security threat to the work. It's not that the employees aren't trustworthy, it's about risk mitigation due to cyber security threats.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Yup, exactly like you put it. Doesn't have to do with the employee's trustworthiness.

You know how sometimes you're talking to a friend and they make a joke about those damn peloton bikes, then a day later you open your Facebook or email or YouTube and BAM, there's damn peloton bikes everywhere. Well, your phone can listen to other things without your knowledge or consent and that's a security issue, so the easiest thing to do, is to not even allow it.

Yup, I can't even begin to count the times I've been talking to people about something and when we go to check on something in the conversation my phone's search suggestions are eerily close to what we're talking about.

It also doesn't help that even if you're prudent on turning off all those things the phones will reset to the default eavesdropping whenever almost anything updates.

I understand what you are saying. I have never had a job where my cell phone wasn't one of my most important tools. Seems weird to me. In fact I hardly use my laptop these days, nearly everything is done from my phone.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

As someone who once worked in a classified space, there's nothing for productivity that your phone can do that your computer can't, and the computer typically has fewer potential points of intrusion and is closely monitored by government IT. Everything has to be hard-wired, and I've never seen a phone with an Ethernet port.

I have no doubts that you are right. But as someone who is on their feet the entire day, sitting at a computer to do all the shit I would have to do digitally would take me away from doing my actual job. The point of having it on the phone is being able to do it as you go. Of course a computer can do everything the phone can, just hella more inconvenient.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

It's not about trust, it's about controlling potential attack vectors.

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown