Personal Gmail Account Blocking is a network feature that is dependent on the needs of each company. It can only be managed by the proxy server or proxy firewall. Only through a corporate network can internet traffic go to a specific server. As a network administrator you do not want your users or employees to use their personal gmail account. The reason behind this is to make sure your network is not having any weak link in the security. As organizations have a lot of critical information which they do not want to share outside the organization and they want to keep track of every information being shared from the office on-premise or from the organization computers. So, personal account blocking allows network administrator to restrict the user access to personal gmail within the company and report administrators, reporting managers, and HR to violations of personal gmail block policy.
Currently, when Google Apps is established for an organisation, users are free to utilise personal gmail for personal usage.
This causes a lot of concern for businesses since it makes it difficult to execute company policy regarding using personal gmail at work without spending a lot of money on a firewall.
This is a significant roadblock for small to medium businesses and occasionally keeps the company from going gmail apps.
Organizations subject to regulations like the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the UK's Financial Services Authority are reluctant to switch to Google Apps because they must demonstrate that sensitive information cannot be shared between business and personal google apps accounts.
A forward proxy (commonly referred to as a proxy) acts as a broker that carries out a task on behalf of another entity, as the name suggests. A proxy like this acts specifically as an intermediate between a user device (or user devices) and the internet. Instead of establishing a direct connection with a web destination, a device connects to the proxy, which then establishes a connection with the location on its behalf. The proxy then assesses outbound requests and responds to them before passing them to the external destination. When a destination returns the communication, it transmits it to the proxy, which examines it, takes any necessary action, and then passes it to the originating device if necessary.
If you already have one you can make the changes in request going to google apps services. This is a reliable option but this requires too much changes in the infrastructure if you do not have the firewall. Also a firewall is a very expensive option, if you want to make any changes in your existing firewall it costs a lot of money.
It does not allow personal gmail login. This modifies the request at the time of sending and only allows if someone is trying to login with a personal gmail address. This solution is specific to the browser and only works in the browser which has the extension installed. The user has enough access to remove the extension so if you are planning to enforce this policy users can easily bypass it.
Web proxy basically sends all your requests to a proxy server which checks and validates your requests and if the request is legitimate then it forwards your request to the requested server. miniOrange does support this solution and this allows network administrators to do a lot more than blocking personal gmail access.
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