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    Internet access

    Morning: I have a friend with a valued employee who makes inappropriate accesses to the internet when working at night. The friend does not want to terminate this person but wants to block access to the internet at night. Since this person does not have any business related need to use the PC it would be best if we could just block his ability to boot up the PC. Short of locking up the power cord at night, I don't know of any way to do this. There is a Password for the boot-up screen, but he (and everyone else knows that clicking "Cancel" will get by that. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Internet access

    On a network?
    How is connection to the internet made? If the pc has it's own modem, it is going to be tricky.
    How computer savvy is the infringer? You may be able to set up a simple scheduled 'shutdown' every five minutes between the hours of x and y.

    Or maybe a dual monitor card, with a <big>MASSIVE</big> second screen somewhere very public and embarass them into not doing whatever it is you'd rather they didn't <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Internet access

    Can you set a BIOS boot password? Quite a few BIOS's (maybe all? I don't know) allow you to do that, and those can't be cancelled out of other than by knowing the particular magic for your particular BIOS. Just after turning on your machine, hit whatever key gets you into the BIOS setup (F10 on our Compaqs) and look around.

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    Re: Internet access

    I would add one thing to this statement, dependent upon the user's savviness and the ability of hardware involved:

    Set the BIOS boot password. And if at all possible, see if you can lock the case with a small padlock to prevent hardware reset of the BIOS password, which can usually be accomplished by shorting a set of jumpers on the mainboard. BIOS passwords can be bypassed but making it difficult to do so is the best option.
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    Re: Internet access

    This may be a dumb question, but isn't the user going to have to know the password to boot up under 'acceptable' circumstances?

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    Re: Internet access

    <font color=red>"Since this person does not have any business related need to use the PC it would be best if we could just block his ability to boot up the PC" </font color=red> is from the start of this thread.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Internet access

    Quite so, but I assumed the blockage was only required 'out of hours'.
    It may defeat the purpose if someone has to enter the password in front of the offender each morning....

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    Re: Internet access

    It seems to me that the user ONLY needs to be blocked from using the computer at night. If it were me I would probably buy some sort of internet blocking software, like NetNanny or other. If the user is not too computer literate this should work fine. Albeit I have never used this type of software I am going off what I have read about them.

    Brian

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    Re: Internet access

    Thanks, the BIOS had the option for a password. My PC is a bit older (11/2 years) and doesn't have it. The Owner is happy, the Employee is miffed, all's right in the world <g?
    Austin

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