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Windows 7: Anyone know of a GOOD way to give limited Internet access to a user?

23 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Anyone know of a GOOD way to give limited Internet access to a user?

I've been asked to configure Windows 7 Professional computers to limit access to only a few select programs. I've had good success using a standard user account and setting options in Group Policy (e.g. "Only run specified Windows applications").

However, I've also been asked to enable limited Internet access - i.e. access to only a few select websites. I've been able to do this to some extent via Content Advisor and a "fake rating", but one of the sites I need to allow calls on several other websites, such as Facebook (e.g. the "Like this" button), so in order to stop Content Advisor from prompting for a password every time the user clicks a link on the page, I have to enable the whole Facebook domain, which defeats the point of limiting access in the first place!

Does anyone know of a program/method of limiting Internet access that is smart enough to realize that a website is calling on another one (often with impossible-to-allow random urls, such as Internet ordering features) and thus allow it through?

Any other solutions/suggestions would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

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23 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 64bit home premium

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23 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Thanks for the links, but I've already tried using Content Advisor. As I understand it IP blocking, like Content Advisor, will only block certain websites. I don't want to merely block certain sites, I want to allow only a specific, limited list of sites.

The firewall has Internet filtering available, but it's a yearly subscription that isn't suitable for our needs.
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30 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

What I hsve done for clients in the past is to utilize openDNS which can be set in your router and enables you to block or allow sites based on type and content from a pre-defined list - It also allows fine tuning to the black / whitelists.

As you can review all DNS queries over time you can tune the system very well. as this is a service that is free for personal use you can try before you buy for a commercial installation.

OpenDNS | DNS-Based Web Security
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 Anyone know of a GOOD way to give limited Internet access to a user?

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