?
Solved

Restrict web except for one or two sites

Posted on 2013-05-15
7
Medium Priority
?
252 Views
Last Modified: 2013-05-16
I have a need to lock down several laptops on our wireless network.  These laptops can only be allowed to access the internet.  However, they can only access one or two websites.  

I've tried entering the website into the "proxy" settings which will work except for my site is https and that doesn't work.

I see I could potentially use the local windows 7 firewall, but I can't seem to figure out how to configure it so I can restrict websites.

Any information would be extremely helpful.

Jeff
0
Comment
Question by:jpierce26
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
7 Comments
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:SStory
ID: 39168245
One way is a homemade browser. I did this once with vb.net and the Browser control. Then I disabled the other browsers. They went through mine and it had a drop down list of choices.  This is trivial to accomplish if you can program in DotNet.

There are also parental settings on browsers that may have a white list.  I suppose that if they were pointed to a proxy server that you control you could set that up to only allow certain websites. If you have a hardware filewall appliance you can almost definitely check their MAC or something and whitelist two websites and block the rest.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:comfortjeanius
ID: 39168348
You can try  going to Start -----> Control Panel ------> Internet Options


Click on the Security tab

You can Click on Trusted sites and the Sites button and add URLs

or

You can Click on Restricted sites and the Sites button and add URLs for restrictions.
0
 

Author Comment

by:jpierce26
ID: 39168451
sstory:

Your solution seems too complicated, i want to use the native OS to restrict sites.

confortjeanius

I have tried your solution and it doesn't work.  I only allow one or two sites, and block the rest.

Jeff
0
Optimize your web performance

What's in the eBook?
- Full list of reasons for poor performance
- Ultimate measures to speed things up
- Primary web monitoring types
- KPIs you should be monitoring in order to increase your ROI

 
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

by:
SStory earned 1500 total points
ID: 39168500
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Mohammed Rahman
ID: 39170641
Unfortunately we cannot set exceptions in Windows 7 Advance Firewall. You can block all sites to all users OR all sites to specific users. But, I did not come across an option where we can block all sites and allow a few.

** You can probably set a rule on the Router/Modem (gateway to these PCs). That would be more effective I guess.

You can also enter a non existing proxy IP as below and also have exceptions to allow few sites and block all.
Deny Internet Access via ProxyYou should also disable (restrict) access to Connections Tab under Internet Explorer settings so that the users cannot remove proxy and start accessing internet.

To do so, please follow steps below.

In Run, type -- gpedit.msc
Under User Configuration -- Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel
Open Disable the Connections page and select "enabled"
This will remove the Connections Page from Internet Options.
0
 

Author Comment

by:jpierce26
ID: 39171269
thanks Mody2579.  That information was helpful.

I did decide to use the Microsoft Live product called "Windows Live Family Safety".

This solution works beautifully for me.

Thanks again,

Jeff
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:jpierce26
ID: 39171272
Second link pointed me to the Microsoft Live Family Safety which worked great.
0

Featured Post

Enroll in August's Course of the Month

August's CompTIA IT Fundamentals course includes 19 hours of basic computer principle modules and prepares you for the certification exam. It's free for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
Assume you have an outside contractor who comes in seasonally or once a week to do some work in your office, but you only want to give him access to the programs and files he needs and keep all other documents and programs private. Can you do this o…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you the basics of configuring your computer to improve its speed. It will also teach you how to disable programs that are running in the background simultaneously. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.
Suggested Courses

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question