Setting up URL restrictions in Windows 10 firewall

Posted on 2016-09-24
Last Modified: 2016-09-24

I've never had to do this before, but need to set up a URL firewall in a windows 10 desktop.  It needs to block all port 80 and 443 access except for an approved list.  Based on all the link crap major sites now drag in behind them, I have to believe this is going to be a can of worms, but it is what it is.  I will be logging in as administrator on this machine.

Any suggestions on where to start with this?


Question by:Ben Conner
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by:Cliff Galiher
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There are 3rd party firewall products that do this. None that are free and good. To properly filter, you do need to do so at the network level, so that means software that installs into the network stack (hosts file manipulation doesn't cut it) or at the network edge with hardware (my preference.) But those are your only two reliable options.

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by:Ben Conner
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Hi Cliff,

Thanks for the guidance.  Any suggestions on the 3rd party firewall products?  Unfortunately the budget for this is not robust.  

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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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If you need this for all machines on your network, really consider an inexpensive UTM. Per machine cists will be less than software. Sonicwall, watchguard, sophos, even untangle, all make good edge utm devices.

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by:Ben Conner
ID: 41814095
This situation is a one-off for a single machine.  Right now it is air-gapped but it would be helpful to have it connected with a small list of sites available to it.


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by:Ben Conner
ID: 41814096
Hi Cliff,

This looks like a great list to start exploring.  Thanks for the advice!


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