Apply Mozilla whitelist add-on to all users of a PC, not just the user who downloaded the add-on
Posted on 2013-12-10
I have a group of desktop PCs scattered throughout the facility, where each PC will be used by multiple users, some PCs may have 2 users, some PCs may have a dozen users. Management is cracking down on internet usage and would like me to block all websites, except a select few (i.e. company intranet sites).
Since management only wants to allow specific websites, I know that I need something that has whitelist capability. I am using Mozilla Firefox, version 25. I found that Firefox has 2 add-ons that provide the capability for a whitelist; those add-ons are: Easy Whitelist and Pro Con Latte.
I have tried both and they both work very well; however, here is my problem. It appears the add-on needs to be installed for each and every user who logs onto the PC ... problem is, I don't know who will be logging on to these PCs. Any employee with a logon ID can walk up to one of these PCs and logon.
Is there a way within Firefox that an add-on can be applied no matter who logs on to the PC?
I logged on to a test PC with my logon (administrator capability), downloaded and installed the add-on and tested it. I tested each add-on (Easy Whitelist and Pro Con Latte) separately. Both add-ons work well, each did what I wanted it to do: only allow access to websites I defined in the whitelist.
I then logged off of my ID and logged on with a normal user ID ... and here is where my problem lies. No matter what website I went to, that website was accessible (not what I wanted). No matter what add-on I used, they did not block any website. It appears that the add-on is only applied to the user who downloads it and installs it.
My goal is to download and the install the add-on using my admin logon ID and then have that add-on be applied to all users.
Therefore back to my question: Within Firefox, is there any way an add-on can be applied to all users who logon to the PC?
I am more familiar with IE and within IE, I have used 'content advisor'. Content Advisor is something you setup as an admin user and no matter who logs onto the PC, it only allows the websites you specify.