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Software or hardware to stop internet surfing

I have a customer who has a secretary that does almost nothing but surf the internet.  She does need access to certain websites to make purchases, but they want to stop her from surfing all day to the other sites.  They have a router off of a modem.  What is the best route to stop this?   Is it software or hardware and which brand to buy?
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hunartCommented:
This is a complex process and it is not that easy as you thought.  You can have either hardware or software to manage some thing like that.

Proxy server is an effective way to manage such internet traffic.  I do not know the size of the network.  Some software might be over-kill for what you try to accomplish.

Please provide more details and we will try to help or suggest with a better way of controlling it.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
This is as an alternative to discussing with the secretary about acceptable use of the company's Internet access or as a follow-up to such a discussion?
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CacheMon33Commented:
I agree with Masqureaid an acceptable usage policy needs to be implemented before any site is blocked.  If this is not an issue I would suggest using OpenDNS to shape the content that can be browsed on the internet.  You can block sites by category, or domain.  Check out their site:

http://www.opendns.com/

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drilusCommented:
This could be accomplished if you have the right model of router. Some routers refer to it as Access Restrictions. Others would have to use a built in firewall, etc.

Still, this could be done by using QoS (most newer routers support this). You could completely disable net access during specific times. We do need more information from you though.

Please post back with the model of your router, Operating Systems, etc.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
The operating system is Win XP Pro.   The router is a Netgear, don't know the model number but i think it is a home/small office style because of the size of the business.   I would hope that it could be done through the router, if possible, but if it is I am not sure how to do it.
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hunartCommented:
Netgear router is intended for home use and the functionality of it does have a lot of restrictions.  There is no way around that you can restrict Internet traffic without the use of either another software or hardware.

1) OpenDNS: is an effective way to control Internet traffic.  With a small office, you can use the OpenDNS Basic.  It is free and easy to set up https://store.opendns.com/get/basic/.

2) Untangle: is a free software with its own OS http://www.untangle.com/Downloads/Download-ISO.  You will need a dedicated system to run this but it is an effective way to control Internet traffic as well.  Keep in mind that it is Linux environment so if you are not familiar with Linux, you might find it difficult or awkward to work with.

Good luck.  Respond to us again if you have any question.
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drilusCommented:
Without knowing the model # of your router the best I can do is point you to some general information.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
Checking on router model #
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Ron MalmsteadInformation Services ManagerCommented:
You don't need any software for this.

You can do this very easily by setting a group policy or local policy on the machine to apply an internet proxy.   The trick is, you will be supplying a bogus proxy,... 127.0.0.1   Then you will allow "exclusions" to bypass the proxy for certain sites.

If done properly it will look something like the attached screenshot...only admin, not the user should be able to make changes.

If you have a domain, do these settings with group policy.
If you are not on a domain, do these settings with a local policy using an admininstrative account.


proxy.bmp
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drilusCommented:
Haha, that's pretty slick xuserx2000.   =]
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lgg733Commented:
xuserx2000s idea looks like a good solution as others suggested you should have an acceptable use policy in place. In my office I used this one and made a few changes http://www.sans.org/security-resources/policies/Acceptable_Use_Policy.pdf
Also I think if it is really at the point where you have to actually block the sites from them it may be time to hire someone else. Really it is costing the company money for you to spend time doing this to stop another
person from wasting money. Just my opinion.
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lgg733Commented:
Just re-read this and saw that you are doing this for a client and not your own employee. That being the case I would suggest you just do xuserx solution.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately customer got rid of employee.   But I appreciate all the suggestions.   Thanks
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