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Hey,
I was recently asked to track the web movement of an employee using a next g device offsite and give a report on why the person in scope was persistantly running over the monthly download quota of the device.

Initially I implemented an antivirus/firewall solution with administration password to block p2p/torrent applications but I also want to know if there is some kind of free application that can log the websites the user goes to while also being invisible to the user. (like a proxy housed on the laptop itself).
This is easy within the company as all I would need to setup is a proxy server and allow web connectivity only if it first goes through the proxy. But this laptop has its own local gateway to the Internet (The next g device).
No... using history isn't going to cut it as this can just be deleted. I also do not want to restrict the user to guest permissions so that he can not delete history.

If there was some online app that saves history to a webspace on the fly that would be cool.

Is it possible to setup a web proxy on an external webdomain server and point the users browser to that webservers IP for proxy?

Any ideas???
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You could use a local proxy installed on the laptop. e.g. privoxy configured with logging and an empty action; or a monitoring software such as http://www.icu-software.co.uk/.
Note that if the user is a local admin, it has full control of the laptop and can remove any log or monitoring tool installed anyway.
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Thanks Ibertacco,
ICU seemed to do this trick for this user. I found their screenshot idea kind of useless but the actual logging was good.
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