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    Web Based Email

    Would it be possible to find out in Windows ME if anybody (the kids!) has created and uses a web based email account on my computer?

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    Re: Web Based Email

    Don't know what browser you're using, but would checking the browsing history (Ctrl-H) give you someplace to look?

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    Re: Web Based Email

    IE 5 (Or 5.something!)

    This all started from finding Hotmail in the history and all the kids profess to have no knowledge of it! Probably because I advised them not to use it!

    Tried looking for the word 'hotmail' in the cookies but there's too many of them!

    I just thought there might be some registery or whatever in Windows that records this type of information.

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    Re: Web Based Email

    I doubt that anything would appear in the registry regarding Hotmail, since it was accessed from the browser and not through Outlook Express.
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    Re: Web Based Email

    Thanks for that Gary

    I guess I'll never know!!!!!!!!!!!

    Regards

    Graeme

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    Re: Web Based Email

    The History folder is the most direct way to find out where the PC has been on the internet. Simply click on the history button at the top of your browser page and a sidebar will open on the left side of the screen. (See screenshot) Checking each days activity will show the web pages visited. Clicking on any entry will take you right to that page. If you see an entry for MSN or Hotmail on the left, all you need to do is click on it and if it brings up a Hotmail sign-in screen, you have the evidence of at least an attempt to use a Web based e-mail account. You will then have to rely on your kid's honesty, because you will not be able to access any account they have created without them or a great deal of time and trouble with the account provider getting it identified and canceled.

    Instant Messaging is, in my opinion, more of a problem than web based e-mail. That is COMPLETLY untraceable except by using a keystroke monitor or getting the info from the ISPs servers. And that's real-time, so what you are trying to prevent, may already have happened.
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    Re: Web Based Email

    You may not be able to determine what they have done, but you can put a stop to it happening again. You can black-list the site using Content Advisor; you can buy one of a myriad of "cyber-sitter" programs that regulate Web browsing; or, after giving up trying to keep one step ahead of your children, you can do what I did: Limit all Internet access to one computer in the family room. Put passwords on all accounts, and don't tell the children what the passwords are. That way, you have to be in the room with them (or at least nearby) for them to go online. Works like a charm. They complain that it's a bit intrusive, but it does wonders for the peace of mind.
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