How people spy on your network activities?

Hi...

I've been downloading some MP3s on the internet.
Recently, my superior has issued a warning to all employees saying that we should not download mp3s using the company's network. I was just wondering as to how they found out what i was downloading and which site i had visited on my PC?

As far as i know, i'm not accessing the internet through a proxy server ( I do not have any proxy settings on my IE ) I'm not a network person, could anyone care to explain abit?

just being curious..
osiruzAsked:
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cincin77Commented:
Your network should be behind a firewall which has a log file that holds all connections passing trough it.
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mjnsharpeCommented:
Osirus,

You don't need to be using a proxy server. It is possible to log which websites are being viewed at the firewall level (depending on the firewall).

Of course, your supervisor might have just seen you with your headphones on and assumed you were downloading music! :)

Mat
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lrmooreCommented:
There are several ways to watch what employees do on the Internet. Just remember, big brother is out there and you should not expect privacy while using company equipement and company bandwidth. Bandwidth hogs cost a company money and it is something that must be controlled and monitored.
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