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#1 jon51

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

I was wondering what the best way to keep employees from using the internet for non-work activities was. The business owner just wanted to delete the internet explorer and firefox icons and start menu items. She doesn't think the employees would know how to load the programs without them.

All of the computers are on a network and employees log into"staff" accounts. I suggested blocking all websites other than the few they would need for work related activities. What would be the easiest route to take? I think all of the computers are running window XP Pro.\


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Posted 05 June 2010 - 04:47 PM

I have heard of Windows Steady State:

User Restrictions

It is a free program that allows you to do the following:

Windows SteadyState User Restrictions
Take control of your shared computer with SteadyState restrictions

Protect your shared computer by customizing what users can do on it. Windows SteadyState puts you in control of which programs, features, disk drives, and websites are available to each user. For the inexperienced user, your computer will be more consistent and less complex. For an untrusted user, you can initiate enhanced security features on your computer.

Start Menu restrictions let you remove items from the Start Menu. This means you can disable user access to items such as:

* Shut Down
* Control Panel
* Command Prompt
* Windows Explorer

Drive restrictions determine which drives are visible to the user in My Computer. You can select the option to hide all drives, show all drives, or select specific drives that you do not want exposed to the user. These include printers or removable storage devices.

Program restrictions let you block a user from running a particular program, such as a system tool, simply by adding that program to the blocked list.

Feature restrictions can stop users from accessing program attributes that might damage or clutter the computer. For example, you can prevent users from adding to the Clip Organizer, creating Microsoft Office macros, using Visual Basic, or saving Internet Explorer favorites.

Internet restrictions let you set the Internet Explorer home page, and you can block access to any Internet site not specifically listed as allowed.


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#3 jon51

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 10:32 PM

Thank you for the quick response. I will give this a try.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 08:05 PM

I've seen good results with Family Safety

Not only does it automatically block "risky" websites, but you can also specify websites to block (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc...).

It even provides usage reports (regardless if "Private Browsing" is used).
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 09:56 PM

I will download both and see what works the best for their needs.

Thanks again.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:10 AM

No problem. :thumbsup:

It's always good to have options. :flowers:
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:53 AM

I thnk the best option is to use an internet filtering software or a blocking application.
Or you can use some monitoring software and see which employee is not performing his job properly. In the company where I work the IP department has implemented a filtering software.
http://www.cyclope-series.com/internet-fil...g-software.html




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