Apparently (according to rumour ) half of you lot work in IT so I thought I might get a rational second opinion....
I want to have the ability to download some files from a website at work (CAD related) as and when something interesting comes up that I want to have a look at. Some of these files are staight Solidworks files and download fine, but some are a bit larger and are downloaded as zip files. My place of work (a school) blocks all non network managers (so thats all teachers, admin staff & pupils) from downloading loads of files types inc .exe files and zip files. I have been told no, never, we won't ever give you permission to download zips as you might plaugue the place with viruses. We also can't access dropbox and the like from within the school- same reason.
What I want to know is:-
1. In this modern day and age is this reasonable in your opinion? Obviously the school has a firewall and all our laptops and PCs are protected with Sophos AV. Is there really a danger of this, or is this a case of over cautious NMs sitting in an ivory tower?
2. Is there a clever way of downloading zips to a third party website, unpacking them there and then downloading the contents instead?