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    Blocking websites

    I volunteer at a non-profit organization and I've been asked to block some websites beginning with Facebook & YouTube
    I have seen some instructions on how to block Facebook using the hosts file
    --- So far I've found the following items to add to the hosts file
    127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 blog.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 apps.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 en-gb.facebook.com
    --- It looks easy enough but I doubt its enough
    --- One idea that comes to my mind is if I use the hosts file method but assign a standard user account for those who need the computer, would that suffice as I'm hoping they wouldn't be able to get around the hosts file settings?

    Another option I'm wondering about is Parental Controls. The office uses Verizon Internet Security Suite and I believe Parental Controls is available but I can't find instructions on how to use it on-line. Is there a website link for that?

    As far as YouTube, I'll follow up on that after I understand how to deal with FaceBook

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    Verizon Parental Controls seems to be called Family Protection now:

    VISS Upgrade: Parental Controls Information

    About VISS Family Protection -- Parental Controls (Windows)

    Which version of Windows?

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    See here for blocking in parental controls and your firewall

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...80642063,d.d24

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...wSnYCEz0tyt5Eg

    Its also possible to block urls from within you browser in IE and Chrome. FF needs an add on

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...don/blocksite/

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    If you have a common router you can probably block them at that point. Much easier than hitting every machine.

    cheers, Paul

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    One other solution is a business-class software package that monitors endusers, displays and/or records where went & how long & etc.; netAdmin simply goes and has a chat with enduser facebooking or horse-races-booking. Similar to LanSchool used by AISD.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Thanks everyone. The version of Windows is Win7 Enterprise on 5 computers and Win7 Pro on a 6th computer. They have VZ FIOS. If they do not have Family Protection, I'll install it and work with it.

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    try putting in *.facebook.com
    just a guess but if it takes the * then you blocked all the pieces



    Quote Originally Posted by cmptrgy View Post
    I volunteer at a non-profit organization and I've been asked to block some websites beginning with Facebook & YouTube
    I have seen some instructions on how to block Facebook using the hosts file
    --- So far I've found the following items to add to the hosts file
    127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 blog.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 apps.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 en-gb.facebook.com
    --- It looks easy enough but I doubt its enough
    --- One idea that comes to my mind is if I use the hosts file method but assign a standard user account for those who need the computer, would that suffice as I'm hoping they wouldn't be able to get around the hosts file settings?

    Another option I'm wondering about is Parental Controls. The office uses Verizon Internet Security Suite and I believe Parental Controls is available but I can't find instructions on how to use it on-line. Is there a website link for that?

    As far as YouTube, I'll follow up on that after I understand how to deal with FaceBook

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    I block websites with the free avast! antivirus software (http://www.avast.com) using the wildcard method mentioned above (*facebook.com). Using the software like this eliminates the browser as a variable, since it doesn’t matter which browser is used. The software also has a password protection feature to prevent others from meddling with it.

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    I use a program called Privoxy (open source) that allows all kinds of controls. My main use is to block ads but it can also be used to block websites. Extremely configurable and I highly recommend it. I used it in both my XP VM and my Win7 VM.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ijbs...urce=directory

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