Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sometimes, I like being the bad guy...

The mail filter we use at work has some very cool features. One of those features is "Offensive Language" checks. There is a list of offensive words and phrases and if we get mail that has those words, the system puts the message in a holding area for review. I then get an alert that the message has been held up. Here's where the 'bad guy' stuff comes in...

The system is set up to send an alert to the person who was supposed to receive the message as well. So, let's say the secretary's friend sent her a message that our system blocked. Not only would I get a message, but our secretary would get one too, letting her know that her friend tried to send a message with offensive language and we blocked it. The REALLY bad guy part comes next. After poking around, I realized that I could also send a message to the SENDER as well! So, now, the secretary's friend gets a message, letting her know that the message was blocked because of the language! MWUAH-HAHA!

Poking around further, I was able to set similar settings for messages that our employees try to send out or try to send to each other.

I'm all for fun and games, and if you've read even a few of the posts on here, you know that I spend some time at work "researching and experimenting." But, in this case, there is no reason that adult-oriented emails should cross our borders at a K-12 EDUCATIONAL facility... Or maybe I'm just the bad guy....

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