Zenalpha has sent me the message below about my decision to lock this discussion:
Subject: It is a catch, not an office policy
When I referred to registration of a program, I was talking about freeware or something I paid for. Also, I'm using MY laptop at work, which the IT guys are accepting of. I'm not circumventing their policies, since they told me they leave AOL open for this reason. We serve 8 develop,mentally developed clients and there are times hen a full Internte connection is very helpful in finding resources for them, but the agency cannot allow it directly without the proper monitoring - which AOL has built-in so it solves their problem.
It's really a heck of a thing to assume the worst like that. I know there are hackers and all out there, but I'm not using a FAQ on circumventing SONICWALL to chance liability of my agency, I'm trying to learn how to stick to their policies when they personally don't have the funding or the time to help me through it. Sure, I know all about anonproxies and such and could just redirect through there after some fancy footwork to circumvent the firewall using the agency hardware- or just tap into the line pre-firewall. I was actually trying to do this legit. Now, if you know of any resources that could point me in the right direction it would be appreciated, because I'm sick and tired of trying to look up an accessible local theater for our wheel-chair-bound clients and getting blocked because things are only opened on a page by page basis and movie listings change daily.
I am leaving this open for discussion as I am not at all sure I follow the situation here.
It appears to me that;
1] This is Zenalpha's own laptop
2] But he has an AOL based internet connection installed, provided and paid for by his employers.
3] The AOL ISP has it's own firewall and other security measures which mean that Zenalpha cannot download programs, or if he can download programs he cannot register them.
4] He also cannot play his CD's on the laptop because WMP 11 attempts to access the internet to obtain album details.
5] It is his own laptop which he is trying to use normally, but his employer's security measures are preventing him from doing so.
This is how I understand the situation. Zenalpha is seeking any legitimate way of circumventing the security measures so he can use his own laptop the way he wants to, which includes seeking software that may benefit the disabled clients of his employers business/service.
My own view
By accepting your employer's AOL Internet Service Provider and all it's security measures, you have accepted any limitations placed on the computer by them. This really needs to be resolved between yourself and your IT support.
However, in the interest of justice, I will leave this discussion open for a while to see if anyone else has any legitmate advice and/or ideas.