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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sippo View Post
    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.
    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...

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    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.
    Does it log or is it just a filter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    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.
    +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.
    It can both log and filter.
    Last edited by scifidale; 5th March 2012 at 03:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Does it log or is it just a filter?
    Both

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    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.
    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.

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    Put an AUP in place, monitor and discipline as appropriate!!

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