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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Web site blocking

    Web site blocking
    By yngwie98 July 31, 2001, 06:55 AM

    Can you block sites in Win ME or 2000, without a Proxy server or other 3rd party software?? I'm building a computer for a friend and don't want his wife to go overboard shopping online. Thanks.

    By port22 July 31, 2001, 06:58 AM

    LOL

    You could use one of the personal firewalls to block off sites...

    or you can be sneaky:
    say www.shopping.com is a favourite of hers... then in c:\windows\hosts, put in the line:
    127.0.0.1 www.shopping.com

    so everytime she goes to enter in www.shopping.com. it'll resolve that to 127.0.0.1, which is the loopback interface on the computer she's using.
    So unless she's running an online store on her own machine (which we shall assume she isn't), she'll get a Page cannot be displayed.

    By yngwie98 July 31, 2001, 07:10 AM

    Is the C:/windows/hosts folder in Win 2000 or is it something I have to create?? I don't see one in 98SE which is what I am running.
    Which firewall allows you to do site blocking?? I use ZoneAlarm and Tiny Personal Firewall (free versions) and didn't see any way of doing that.
    Thanks.

    By Wollington July 31, 2001, 07:39 AM

    If you are using IE goto tools/Internet Options/Security/Restricted sites and put them all in there.

    By port22 July 31, 2001, 08:06 AM

    quote:Originally posted by yngwie98:
    Is the C:/windows/hosts folder in Win 2000 or is it something I have to create?? I don't see one in 98SE which is what I am running.
    Which firewall allows you to do site blocking?? I use ZoneAlarm and Tiny Personal Firewall (free versions) and didn't see any way of doing that.
    Thanks.

    I was under the impression it could be done with those, though my firewalling experience is very Unix centric, so you'll have to pardon my ignorance

    There should be a file called c:\windows\hosts.sam . This is the sample hosts file. You can edit and rename to c:\windows\hosts when you have filled in the entries.

    By joeyw99 July 31, 2001, 09:47 AM

    ummm...why doesn't your friend just tell his wife not to do to much shopping online? seems kind of foolish and overboard to block sites from anyone especially a grown woman.

    By hobbes2112 July 31, 2001, 10:31 AM

    seriously! what in the world is that about you need some TRUST in that relationship

    By -=kenshin=- July 31, 2001, 03:46 PM

    i second that!

    By yngwie98 August 01, 2001, 12:11 AM

    quote:Originally posted by joeyw99:
    ummm...why doesn't your friend just tell his wife not to do to much shopping online? seems kind of foolish and overboard to block sites from anyone especially a grown woman.


    Problem is she doesn't always act like one. Other problem is she makes good money and isn't good at controling her spending.
    After adding the restricted sites can you lock out access to IE options in Win ME?? I've never played around with those options in Win 9x. Maybe I'll put Win 2000 on there instead.

    By Wollington August 01, 2001, 11:00 AM

    I've not used it for ages but I seem to remember you can set a password which allows you to access the site and/or remove it from the restricted list.
    Have a play you can always take them off again.
    I also seem to remember you can password protect some other options as well.

    By port22 August 01, 2001, 04:10 PM

    Don't forget that *ANYTHING* you do in WinME/98/95 can be changed trivially. It isn't really designed for secure multiuser use.

    The trick is to do it in an obscure a way as possible, which is why I think my way is best.

    Anyways, I'm off to Chicago for 2 weeks, so that's probably the last you'll hear from me for a while

    By yngwie98 August 02, 2001, 06:54 AM

    quote:Originally posted by port22:
    Don't forget that *ANYTHING* you do in WinME/98/95 can be changed trivially. It isn't really designed for secure multiuser use.

    I know, but she's not that computer literate. AFAIK all you need to do is delete the password list.
    I played around with the content advisor and that should do the job. Thanks for your help guys. Have fun on your trip.

    By CadetLee August 02, 2001, 08:18 AM

    quote:
    I know, but she's not that computer literate. AFAIK all you need to do is delete the password list.
    I played around with the content advisor and that should do the job. Thanks for your help guys. Have fun on your trip.


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    For restricted sites, it's not that easy..you need to delete a registry key!

    By hobbes2112 August 02, 2001, 09:57 AM

    Why don't you get Net Nanny or something like that, if you really don't trust her....

    OR write a program that listens to the keyboard input and when it recognises credit card #s being input, have it close the app! hahaha

    By SpaceMonkey August 02, 2001, 07:56 PM

    LOL, sounds like your trying to block porn from your kids. :-) Trust me and if you are, they'll figure out away around. Even the best programs on the market. Bios passwords, HA! they'll just open it up and pull out the jumpers.


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