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Limiting User Access To Nte?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by duncan, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Is it possible to limit user's access to most of the Internet except for one or two specific sites?

    Running Win 7.
     
  2. srhoades

    srhoades

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  3. kc8ykd

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    ^ that safe family filter looks pretty efficent, also:

    a non-easy way is to edit the hosts file to basically null route those addresses.

    the easier way (if your hardware supports) is to block them at the router.

    check your router to see if it will do blocking, it should be pretty evident if it does.


    to edit the host file in windows 7:
    open notepad as administrator
    open the file called 'hosts' at:
    c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\

    at the bottom, make a new line and add the entries as needed:

    127.0.0.1 (tab) website address

    save the file and reboot

    (the website address should be www.google.com instead of www.google.com/search or anything like that, you want just the domain and any prefixes like search.google.com)
    this will redirect the web browser back to your computer when someone tries to access that address. since your computer isn't (probably) running a web server, it will just say 'page cannot be displayed'.



    editing the host file will effect all users of the singular machine. blocking on the router will effect all users across your network.

    both are obscure enough that unless the user is advanced, they probably won't figure out what's going on other than the site is unavailable for some reason.
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  4. srhoades

    srhoades

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    He doesn't want to block one or two websites, he only wants to allow one or two websites. So unless you are volunteering the edit the host file to include every domain on the internet that isn't going to work.
     
  5. kc8ykd

    kc8ykd

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    that's what i get for trying to speed read :(
     
  6. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    thats what i was thinking. the host file is a pain in the ass to deal with. It's nice and easy if you just want to blackhole one site like facebook. But, other than that...there's probably better alternatives out there.
     
  7. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Thanks for all of the help.

    Yes, I only want this one kid accessing one website for a while. School.

    No YouTube, Facebook, etc.

    Sometimes you have to step back to move forward.
     
  8. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    i'm sure there are some 3rd party programs you could download

    im sure some of them cost a nominal fee