View Full Version : Monitoring by ISP's

16-05-2008, 01:43 PM
Hey guys...
I was just having a think about something now: do ISP's monitor the websites you visit? Like for instance, if you visited objectionable material (such as websites reflecting gang or criminal activity, for instance), would they know and could that information be passed onto police? Now don't think I'm asking cos I do that sort of thing myself, just wondering though (cos I know telephone and fax are monitored by authorities in this way):punk

16-05-2008, 01:56 PM
I would expect it to be

16-05-2008, 02:28 PM
Yes, they have the ability to do so. Whether they actually do so, probably not, unless they were instructed to do so.
Depending on who you are trying to hide from, you could consider a third party proxy. That will make you 'anonymous' to the destination, but your isp/whoever is immediately upstream from you will still see everything.

If the police were involved, yes, it would be monitored. If the police were intent on monitoring you, short of using a VPN or secured connection (for example when you use a banking website), everything is visible.

If you are accessing the internet from a company/school etc, then certainly yes, you are being monitored.

16-05-2008, 03:42 PM
As a long time ISP worker, i can confirm that we can see everything you do, its down to can we be bothered looking through logs for it.

Seriously though most ISP's care little about what you do and will only go looking for information on your surfing habits if requested to by the authorities.

One of the most fun parts of one of my roles was delivering WAP useage reports (lists of URLS)to bosses about what sites their employees had been visiting with company WAP devices, good times.

16-05-2008, 03:57 PM
They don't actively monitor but records must be kept for a certain amount of time for legal reasons.

17-05-2008, 04:23 PM
If concerned about this you may wish to use Tor (http://www.torproject.org/). It protects you against snooping by ISPs or governments.

You must also use a secure connection (SSL/TLS) if sending secret information or the Tor exit node may be able to read your data. Tor prevents the source computer being identified but does not protect the information itself being seen. If the content itself contains identifying information such as cookies or an email address Tor will do nothing about it.

17-05-2008, 06:02 PM
yeah well say if you were to be visiting some kiddy pr0n sites, you 'ought to expect some authorities at your door pretty quickly.

17-05-2008, 06:15 PM
yeah well say if you were to be visiting some kiddy pr0n sites, you 'ought to expect some authorities at your door pretty quickly.

And take the asshl0e and shoot him.