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I need help restricting access to a particular user on a multi user machine. More specifically, dealing with preventing internet access and internet chat services.

Posted on 2004-09-27
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My daughter had lost her internet privileges due to misuse of chat rooms. We formatted her system and did not install internet explorer on her system. Her system is connected to the home network which has cable internet running through a D-link router. She after several weeks figured out that she could go into control panel and enter an internet address and it would load the page their by granting her internet access so she could continue to chat with out Internet Explorer 6 even being installed. WOW that’s quite a big hole I didn’t expect that.
So now she’s been found out and has lost her computer entirely.

The problem is that she does need the internet to do school research for class assignments. And for that she will now have to use my system. I had already password protected my system and have know created a new user for her to use.
I need to know how I can allow her to use the internet with out allowing access to all the instant messaging services out there.

Also she has a hotmail address and will need to check it from time to time, if I allow that will she be able to get some back door access to Msn IM that way.

This needs to be done at the user level because I use Msn IM and hotmail as well so removing them from the system is not an option.

Can anyone help me with this?
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by:dev8
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Hello,

There is a product called Zone Alarm Security Suite which would help you with this problem.  More info go here:

http://www.zonelabs.com/store/application?namespace=zls_catalog&origin=global.jsp&event=link1.skuList&&zl_catalog_view_id=201&lid=nav_ss

It will allow you to configure your system to prevent certain users from going out to specific sites and using programs such as IM.  Also make sure that her account does not have any administrative rights (go to control panel, then Administrative tools, computer management, local users and groups, and check the users section.  Hope this helps!  
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by:zeppelinii
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when loged in as Myself the administrator I go to control panel, then Administrative tools, computer management(local), thats as far as I get it doesn't show local users and groups so that I can check the user section what am I missing?
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by:dev8
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You should see local users and groups under computer management on the left pane.  Alternatively, go to the start button, click on run.., and type in "control userpasswords2" (without the quotes.  From there you should see your users and set group membership by highlighting the user and choosing group.  If you just want your daugther to save documents and not install programs and such, add her to the "restricted group."  You should really look into the program mentioned above.  They do offer a freeware version of the program but i am not sure if that offers web filtering like you want.  Again, please refer to that website.  Hope this helps!

//j
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by:zeppelinii
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ok from what I can tell she is currenly setup with (limited Acess)

with a limited account, you can:
change or remove your password.
change your picture, theme, and other desktop settings.
view files you created.
view files in the shared documents folder.

is their no whey to configure this to more specificly meet my needs?

I could also setup the microsoft xp firewall if that might help, its on here and its running.
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The limited account would work fine as far as letting her do her homework.  She would be unable to install any programs which I guess would be a plus.  As far as her going out to check her hotmail email and using some type of back door program to IM, I dont think its possible for the back door to IM.  Again, it would be best to go with a third-party web filtering program if you want to be most restrictive with her internet activities.  I found a freeware parental control program that you might want to look at that would help:

http://www.tucows.com/preview/320513.html

Hope this helps!

//j
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by:zeppelinii
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After exausting all posibilities I decided to go with an outside softwere solution to solve this issue. I found lots of good programs to use but only one that would work on my system without error. Watch Dog is what I went with so as I really do apreciat all your effort I am closing this session with maye greatfull thanks to you for all your time.
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