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    How to Control Internet Browsing

    I'm working in a company were we have like almost 100 employees. My boss asked me to put restrictions on the way the employee use internet. Like for example they can't access certain websites, they can't use yahoo messenger or stuff like that. Because some employees in our office just do surfing than work related matters.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Sit them in the naughty corner?

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Key starting point is an acceptable use policy. If there's nothing in the job contract which specifies what is/isn't OK then you can get in deep water.

    You need to let employees know that you're monitoring what they do and then start logging all web access (I'm assuming you use a proxy server; if not then start now - it's much easier to keep tabs on what's going on!). If a manager then thinks that Joe Bloggs is spending all day surfing and not getting work done you can access logs to prove that.

    What most lawyers will tell you is that you can't just say "I wonder what Joe Bloggs is doing on the web?" and trawl through the logs.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

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    Key starting point is an acceptable use policy. If there's nothing in the job contract which specifies what is/isn't OK then you can get in deep water.

    You need to let employees know that you're monitoring what they do and then start logging all web access (I'm assuming you use a proxy server; if not then start now - it's much easier to keep tabs on what's going on!). If a manager then thinks that Joe Bloggs is spending all day surfing and not getting work done you can access logs to prove that.

    What most lawyers will tell you is that you can't just say "I wonder what Joe Bloggs is doing on the web?" and trawl through the logs.
    Employees are aware that there would be monitoring. The boss just want to monitor, thats it. He doesn't care what program I will use. He just want to know who are doing the job and who sitting around and surfing some porn or non work related.

    Can you elaborate more on proxy. Is there any software I just download and install in the server and monitor all.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Proxy's are a program that all the Internet traffic will go through and be logged.

    The most popular around here seem to be Microsoft ISA Server if you're using a Windows Server or set up a Linux Box with SQUID or DansGuardian on it.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    The AUP is certainly the foundation of controlled internet usage. There's no way anyone in your employ/care should be allowed to use a PC (wether connected to t'internet or not) without having signed an AUP. Importantly, sysadmins should sign one too - even if they wrote it themselves.

    For practical logging and enforcement - something like our (SmoothWall's) Guardain products are the way forward!

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Hmmm.... We are using Windows Server 2003 here.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Im currently looking at Corporate Guardian which seems to have all the bells and whistles you could want for such a task.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    thanks for the info guys... ill try one of your recommended softwares...

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    We are using software called Webmarshall that allows all browsing to be monitored and also allows for the filtering of content.

    This product is excellent and allows you to assign users to certain groups eg full access to sys admins and limited accessto the employee who continues to access non business sites, all is highly customisable and can be tailored to meet you requirements. The logs are searchable and will produce queried reports on access and usage.

    The product is easy to setup and can be used instantly with little configuration , we have ours installed on our proxy and the users are imported from active directory so you can use them in their already assigned groups or add them to new specific webmarshal groups. There is even a real time active sessions window (very handy for on the spot checks) this software is good value for money and very customisable I would highly recommend it.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    why not try dans Guardian that is a good piece of software.... 8)

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Smoothwall/dans Guardian
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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    we have a three tier system in place, level 1 is provided by an ISA 2004 solutions (this is required as we have been piloting a remote access solutions and our county has insisted on it) this also provides me with a DMZ

    Level 2 is provided by smoothwall/dans guardian <- I maybe removing this soon ....

    Level 3 is provided by BLOXX -> http://www.bloxx.co.uk - this is not a bad solution andis cheap for education to so DON'T go by the prices they have on the web £8k per year is over kill.

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    Add to that a 63 page enforced (i.e. SMT backed) AUP works pretty well.
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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Bloxx is still expensive for eduaction (in my opinion, for what it is), we were quoted around £8k (in total over 3 years).

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    @ICTNUT: 63pages!

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