Solved

Download from the internet

Posted on 2004-04-26
11
295 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
how do can you stop people downloading data from the internet on a network?
0
Comment
Question by:Bill55
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • +3
11 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:dean_dodd
ID: 10917241
You could put a firewall in place and block the ports, you could use a proxy server.

There are a few ways, can you give more detail and I'll try to help more.
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:pseudocyber
ID: 10917295
Block their Internet Access totally.

By using the Web, people are sending requests to "download" a web page.  Therefore, to go with a strict interpretation of your question, the only way to block any downloading is to remove their Internet access completely.

Are you referring to large files?  Or files of .exe etc?  Or file sharing using P2P apps like Morpheus & Gnutella?
0
 

Author Comment

by:Bill55
ID: 10917478
i do not want to stop them accessing the internet i just want to stop them downing loading any type of file
0
 
LVL 27

Expert Comment

by:pseudocyber
ID: 10917570
There's lots of types of files.  You're going to have to be more specific.

Types of files users typically download while browsing:
.jpg or .jpeg
.gif
.htm or .html
.txt
.pdf
Not to mention all the files associated with dynamic pages - ASP, PHP, etc.

You want to stop them from downloading LARGE files?  Or .exe files?
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:prasanna_lakkundi
ID: 10918191
Close the FTP port in the internet configuration setup.This will allow the user to access the internet at the sametime stopping him from downloading the data.
0
Highfive Gives IT Their Time Back

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:dean_dodd
ID: 10918198
closing ftp will not stop downloading data, only a small portion of files are downloaded today using ftp most web sites use http.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:jedha
ID: 10918779
What type of firewall do you have?  Do you have any type of web proxy options?  Do you know what method they're using to download the files - as mentioned earlier, you can block gnutella and other file sharing apps via ports.  Same goes for files downloaded through common IM applications (AIM, MSN, etc).  Depending on your hardware you can also throttle an end-users downloads effectively preventing them from downloading larger files, like MP3's, movies, etc, but still allow the small downloads required for webpages.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:badrox
ID: 10922465
Your asking a very loaded question here.  Everytime you go to a webpage you are downloading data.  So you must ask yourself what do I want them to stop downloading.

You can most certainly put restrictions in place to block .exe, .zip, .<whatever> to limit this but it will require some type of proxy and/or proxy configuration.  (you can do some neat tricks with .pac files without actually having a proxy server)

Now on a professional level, your best way is to train your users and setup a policy.  Its very easy to generate some mrtg graphs prior to sending out a "don't download things from the net" and see how fast you get results based on your graphs.  This is usually the most effective way.  If your paying them, they'll listen most of the time.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Bill55
ID: 10926642
i would want to stop .exe and .zip files being downloaded
0
 
LVL 27

Accepted Solution

by:
pseudocyber earned 50 total points
ID: 10927298
You need a proxy server.
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:dean_dodd
ID: 10927313
You could setup a proxy server for free using linux, something like Redhat running Squid proxy server could do this.

We use http://www.packetdynamics.com/  which is a similar thing but does content filtering.
0

Featured Post

Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Fiber Patch Panel 6 42
Cisco MAC address finding 5 49
Wireshark 7 55
Printer Settings 3 64
I was recently sitting at a desk at work with one of my colleagues and needed some information on my home computer. He watched as I turned on my home computer, established a remote session into it, got the information I needed and then shut it down …
Lets look at the default installation and configuration of FreeProxy 4.10 REQUIREMENTS 1. FreeProxy 4.10 Application - Can be downloaded here (http://www.handcraftedsoftware.org/index.php?page=download) 2. Ensure that you disable the windows fi…
This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…
In this tutorial you'll learn about bandwidth monitoring with flows and packet sniffing with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg). If you're interested in additional methods for monitoring bandwidt…

747 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now