Securing IE with an outsourced proxy server

Posted on 2006-05-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have 5 laptop users that require secure/safe web surfing through IE6. I have thought about installing "anti-malware" products on all the laptops which I have decided against for various reasons. I was hoping to solve the problem by having all laptops have IE6 access the web via a proxy such as ISA (together with a good security plugin such as GFI web monitor). On each laptop, I would then configure an IP firewall to block all web traffic to destinations other than the proxy, thus securing things further.

My problem is that the organisation involved is not keen on paying for and hosting their own solution. Are there any companies out there that provide this solution?
Question by:gibjon
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    Yes, there are companies such as this:

    Which offer this type of product.

    I have not used any personally but are several such companies.

    I would say that in addition to a proxy some anti-malware/spyware software is essential for a secure Windows desktop.

    Hope this helps.

    Author Comment

    Hi Gidds99,

    That product looks great, epsecially at the price.

    However, theres no mention of malware checking on their system. Do you know of any system that uses GFI web monitor of similar? I've also looked at squid based 'plugins' and some packages that Astaro do- I'm considreing running one of those packages myself on a co-located server at an ISP with lots of bandwidth. I'd much prefer an outsourced solution, though.

    Thanks for your input,

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    I am not aware of any which provide malware checking.    If I come accross any I will let you know.

    Is this expenditure required for just 5 laptops?  Malware protection on the clients would be far cheaper and require far less ongoing administration.

    Author Comment

    Hi gidds99,

    The solution will likely roll out onto 20+ laptops as the organization intends to expand. Money is not really important, too! With regard to administration it would be hard for me to install anti-malware products on all local machines as the laptops are all over the world.

    For the solution I had in mind, I was intending to send a script as an email attachment to re-configure their ie6 proxy settings and firewall configuration (netop desktop firewall).

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