If you visit private websites, those that are not related to your work, at your workplace you have to be careful. Most companies will react on private web surfing which could lead to a kick in the butt and the search for a new job. It's not only the supervisors that have to be taken care of, coworkers can also spy and report on you.
That's were Vanishd comes into play. The service hides your private website by placing a authorized websites, for example Google Search, in front of it. Don't worry, it's not about placing a browser window over another browser window which could be done manually as well. It's about merging two browser windows and providing a link to a sneak peak window that lets you watch through the first authorized browser window to view the second.
Vanishd adds a button to the first window. Once that button is pressed it will provide access to a rectangular are that can be moved with the mouse that shows the contents of the private website.
The user can change the size of the viewing window with the mouse wheel and the viewing window will automatically disappear if he moves the mouse out of the browser window or right-click in view mode.
View mode is the default mode that allows you to view the contents of the hidden page. If you want to interact with it you need to click the left mouse button which switches to interactive mode. This mode allows you to interact with the website normally.
The officially supported browsers are Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox 2. Firefox 3 is available in experimental mode and seems to make some troubles with flash contents.
Some websites do not work with Vanishd including Google Mail or Yahoo Mail. It should also be noted that the contents of the hidden website will appear in the browser cache.
Update: Vanish does not appear to be available anymore but we have an alternative for you. It may not be as sneaky as Vanishd but it should get the job done as well. We suggest to use Google Translate to viewe those websites. You see the Google Translate header on top on every website that you visit this way at work.
Using Google Translate you may furthermore be able to access websites that would otherwise be blocked at work, as it also acts as a proxy of sorts.Advertisement
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