General Chat Thread, Small business in General; A mate of mine runs his own business and has less than 15 PC's. One user is abusing the system, ...
5th March 2012, 04:18 PM #1
A mate of mine runs his own business and has less than 15 PC's. One user is abusing the system, in particular, the internet. Any idea's how to monitor or block internet sites.
Obviously wants to spend as little as possible as it is only one user taking the preverbial.
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5th March 2012, 04:20 PM #2
Set up a proxy server, block all port 80 and 443 traffic on the router except from that user, and make them all go via that proxy.
You can then log etc...
The other option would be to buy a router with some filtering type stuff built in.
5th March 2012, 04:21 PM #3
The only issue is he's not very technical and wants it as simple as possible.
I can't do it as he lives about 100 miles away.
5th March 2012, 04:24 PM #4
There's no 'simple' solution that would also be cheap I'm afraid - its either get your hands dirty or pay someone to do it. Some routers, such as the DrayTek Vigor2820 have filtering and logging built in to them, but it'd mean he'd have to be comfortable replacing a router etc...
Originally Posted by sippo
5th March 2012, 04:25 PM #5
Use OpenDNS. It requires no additional hardware and is really easy to setup. It is not the best system but would be good for what you want.
5th March 2012, 04:31 PM #6
Does it log or is it just a filter?
Originally Posted by FN-GM
5th March 2012, 04:33 PM #7
+1 for opendns, it wont be able to identify the user normally because it works outside of the lan but you would be able to easily see whats being accessed.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
It can both log and filter.
Last edited by scifidale; 5th March 2012 at 04:34 PM.
5th March 2012, 04:39 PM #8
Originally Posted by localzuk
5th March 2012, 05:45 PM #9
If he knows he is abusing the system, has he had a chat to the guy? Probably a good first call before monitoring him and no-one else.
5th March 2012, 06:12 PM #10
All too often people look for a technical solution to what is a disipline issue which could (as others have said) be resolved with a freindly but firm talk.
5th March 2012, 06:17 PM #11
If you're doing monitoring it has to be for everybody (or at least a whole group of similar employees) so you don't leave the door open to a claim of victimisation or similar.
Originally Posted by CAM
6th March 2012, 12:26 PM #12
Put an AUP in place, monitor and discipline as appropriate!!
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