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So, i have just learned that the office at which my mother works at has the problem (among others, god help me) that the employees in the office are going on sites which they should not be going on. On top of that, the owner of the business is a penny pinching computer ignoramus.
Thus my problem is: I need a free net locker software (like net-nanny, only free) to basically bring the hammer down on people going where they shouldnt be going on the internet while they are at work. If i remember correctly theres approximately 15 machines or so that need to be secured, and the network setup itself (as far as i am aware of) is not capable of setting up a firewall of sorts to filter it at the source, and even if it did, I'd still have to wage a one man war to get the woman to buy the necessary hardware.
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What browser do they use? Firefox and chrome have free extensions that can filter sites. You can password protect the settings too so they can't turn it off.
   
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I dont know. Mom called me asking about it about an hour ago but never mentioned what browser they use in the office. The option though does need to be locked down hard though so they cant bypass/disable the block.
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post #4 of 11
Use OpenDNS' free option. I did this at a couple places. You simply change the DNS on your router to point to theirs and you can setup content filtering by category for free. You can also white/blacklist specific domains if you wish.
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Use OpenDNS' free option. I did this at a couple places. You simply change the DNS on your router to point to theirs and you can setup content filtering by category for free. You can also white/blacklist specific domains if you wish.
AFAIK thats not an option as it costs money. It cannot cost any money in any way, shape or form. At this point I'm tempted to just directly alter the hosts file, but that would be tedious as hell to catch all of the variants of a specific site.
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AFAIK thats not an option as it costs money. It cannot cost any money in any way, shape or form. At this point I'm tempted to just directly alter the hosts file, but that would be tedious as hell to catch all of the variants of a specific site.

I use the free version only (http://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/parental-controls/opendns-home/) No cost at all. I had a boss who wouldn't purchase anything either yet still wanted the office locked down, so I used this. It's their Home version but does the job.
post #7 of 11
If the a-hole boss doesn't want to remedy the problem with any sort of capital, it's not your issue. If it clearly isn't worth the lost productivity to invest in a solution, I'd say take a hike, but that's just me.

DNS limiting would be your best bet.
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OpenDNS is another great alternative, forgot about that one. I personally use ipfire at home and it is very robust and easy to use. You would need hardware to run it on, even an old PC could do it, but that may be more hassle for you than what it is worth.
   
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post #9 of 11
Check their router, most routers allow you to specific restricted sites.
If their router doesn't see if it can be flashed to DDWRT as that will do it.

I would recommend setting up a PFsense firewall as that will provide you with site blocking as well as an extra layer of security.

I also agree, if the boss of the place doesn't see if worth spending money on then it isn't your problem unless you work for him.

Anyway, check out PFsense, pretty powerful software.
http://www.pfsense.org/
post #10 of 11
is there any chance you could tell the manager to grow some balls and tell his employees to stop going to these sites? I don’t mean name and shame the individuals but get the manager to collect the staff in a meeting room, read out the sites and if there embarrassing you wont need anyone to admit what there doing it will be clear to each and everyone. Then hand a print out of the content you don’t want your staff looking at and the times they are able to look at it (i.e lunch only) and the employee regulations handbook.

its easier in the long run to try treating your employees like adults otherwise they will act like children.

trust me, it works smile.gif
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