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User internet tracking

Hi all,

I have been asked to provide a solution to track users internet usage and block some websites.

My first thought was a proxy "device", I could lock down the machines via GPO point them to the proxy and then have a bit of software reporting on all usage.

I have the ability to either go for a device that would do this or I could spin up a VM to house the software.

Would anyone be able to recommend something that I could use?

Thanks in advance
Billy Benson
Billy Benson
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Olivier MARCHETTASystems EngineerCommented:
I recommend pfSense for that usage.
It can work as a transparent proxy too.
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
Another one that we did a lot of research before buying was Forcepoint WebShield it has connections to GPO and allows the administrator to view user usage and websites visited with out hindering the bandwidth. We have and a lot of supervisors come to us asking to show an employee's history and how much they use a certain site. There are also appliance solutions through Cisco that can be integrated with current firewalls or purchased as standalone devices.
Bryant SchaperCommented:
What are you using as your edge firewall, typically they have some abilities as well.  I personally vote for a hardware solution over software, we use a mix of both, but tend to only restrict sites/categories at the endpoints, then the firewalls monitor and report all traffic.
Billy BensonIT TechAuthor Commented:
Thanks all, my customer's gateway is a Draytek 2860 so nothing too amazing. I like the idea of an appliance but its finding the right one
Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerCommented:
The FortiGate 100E is a very affordable option to do what you need. I rolled one out for a customer just a few weeks ago to address the exact same concerns. They immediately saw over-utilization of ISP bandwidth was caused by the Dropbox sync client. We created a traffic shaping policy to limit it to 3mb shared bandwidth max and all issues went away.

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