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Will the history of pages visited by someone logged onto a Wi-Fi hotspot also recorded on the hotspot PC? Is it on the History of hotspot PC's browser or somewhere else?
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by:Pete Long
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Hi simala,
Best way to do this is firewall the LAN with the access and use a proxy server then if you want to log pages visited to can check the proxy logs, or use some policy software like websense, but the pages will be in the Temp internet cache of the user (providing they havnt turned that feature off)

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by:simala
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If I buy a wireless access point like DWL 1000AP+, does it include the proxy server and the policy software?
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by:Pete Long
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simala,
I doubt it! what exactly are you trying to achieve?
PL
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by:chicagoan
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Some AP's with URL filtering log oubound successes and failures.
The DWL 1000AP+ does not.
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by:public
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>Will the history of pages visited by someone logged onto a Wi-Fi hotspot also recorded on the hotspot PC? Is it on the History of hotspot PC's browser or somewhere else?

Using the right kind of software the hotspot operator can record every packet. It will be stored in the sniffer data files, or in a separate hardware, not in the browser cache.
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by:simala
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to PL: I read some reports on "war chalking" so I want to get some in-depth about what happens. If there is no proxy server on the hotspot machine then what trace is left on this machine when someone "drive-by" surfs?

http://www.silicon.com/networks/wifi/0,39024669,39117150,00.htm
http://www.silicon.com/software/security/0,39024655,11035741,00.htm
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by:simala
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On standalone, even after an upgrade, the previously allowed programs by user using ZoneAlarm will need to be reapproved to go online.

So will ZoneAlarm detect and ask hotspot machine user's permission when someone "drive-by" visiting web sites?
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chicagoan earned 30 total points
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It's almost impossible to speculate on what a hotspot operator is logging.
They could syslog every packet or nothing.
All they're going to get from a netstumble or other probe is a MAC address and that's able to be manipulated, anyway.
My mother used to tell me, "If you don't want anybody to know about it, don't do it."
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