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Setting up Windows Vista Parental Controls

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:46 PM

A new tutorial titled Setting up Windows Vista Parental Controls was added by Bleeping Computer. Please use this topic to discuss any aspect of this tutorial.

A brief excerpt of the tutorial can be found here:

With the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced a new security feature
called Windows Parental Controls. Windows Parental Controls allows a parent to
configure, on a per user basis, various restrictions on what that user can do
on the computer. These settings range from blocking websites to controlling what
games they can play. Having access to these types of controls allows a parent
to feel comfortable with their children using a computer and at the same time
gives them the flexibility to customize these settings to their specific needs.
It is important to note that not all programs are compatible with Windows Parental
Controls. In order for Windows Parental Controls to properly monitor and control
certain activities on the computer, the application must be compatible with
this new service. For the most part, most of the settings can be enforced across
all applications, but it is important to test these controls using the applications
that your users will be using. This way you know for sure that any restriction
you put into place can be enforced. It is also important to note that Windows
Parental Controls can only be assigned to a Standard User, which is a user with
limited rights on the computer, and cannot be assigned to accounts that are
configured as an Administrator. This is so a user cannot remove restrictions
placed on them.
One of the more powerful features of this new service is that you will be able
to view reports of the activity for each user that you have configured Parental
Controls. The information you see will be determined by whether or not the user
is using applications that are compatible with Windows Parental Controls. Assuming
that all the applications are compatible you will be able to monitor the following

Most recent websites blocked.
Attempts to visit sites that have been specifically blocked or allowed.
What files were downloaded.
What file downloads were blocked.
When the user logged on.
What programs they have run.
Emails sent and received
Instant Messages sent and received.
What games were played.
What media such as movies and videos were played.

In this guide we will go into detail on how to use Windows Parental Controls
to restrict a user's activity. If you read through this guide, at the end you
will know all that you need to know about Windows Parental Controls and how
to use them to provide a safe computing environment for your children.

We hope you find this tutorial helpful.

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