Is there a 'free' way to control an employee's web surfing?


I have some users in a remote office who end up with a lot of 'down time' on their hands.  Their manager feels that they are wasting time on facebook, twitter, etc.  At this point, rather than threatening their jobs, he wants me to block their access to the social websites.

The kicker, of course, is that he doesn't want to spend any money...

The site has one pc that is shared by three workers.  They use a common logon.  There is a dsl connection with a simple dsl router that doesn't support content filtering.

Their pc is running Windows XP Professional.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how I can achieve this without purchasing software or an appliance?


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It is an open source solution that we use
yes, create an account with openDNS. once you create this free account then you can modify what types of pages the users visits. Then you will need to apply openDNS's DNS settings either to the computers NIC or Router.

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meelnahAuthor Commented:
not sure what you are getting at, thedwill...

are you modifying the hosts file in XP?
meelnahAuthor Commented:
ah... i see... set the local address as the IP address for the particular websites...
meelnahAuthor Commented:
the hosts file modification almosts works... somehow, ie is getting around the fact that I set to the local host address... doesn't resolve, but still does... thoughts?

or have some fun and send them to a totally differnt page, or a page that says the site is blocked

asp_net's solution of OPENDNS is really easy and I use that on my kids PC's.  If you want to restrict entire categories (social sites for instance)  it's much easier than constant hostfile manipulation.  

I'll use hosts if I need to block a few, OpenDNS or Firewall/Proxy for large groups.

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meelnahAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all for your input... will split the points

I appreciate the help!
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