Tech Support Guy banner

Controlling Internet abuse @ work

1041 Views 4 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  mantisimo
We have a small server/client network here (W2000 based). Currently, many of our new hires have been spending an excessive amount of time screwing around on the Internet. I would like to, discreetly, put a stop to it.

All the workstations have their own static IP's, but they all are using accounts from the server. Is there a way I can temporarily disable Internet access to a particular workstation, from the server? I've already atempted disabling account but that doesn't seem to work.


Not open for further replies.
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Are they connected through a proxy server or a firewall to the internet? If they are you should be able to disable port 80 or set up a rule that would only allow certain IP's out. With a proxy server it's really easy. If your ISP has assigned the IP addresses I am sure they can cut off their access. If all else fails try the content advisor built into IE.
you should also have a written - and well distributed/known - policy about computer, internet, email etc use & abuse
- what is acceptable use and what is not - and what the consequences are
- hopefully senior management knows about the liability the company has for illegal activities etc on company computers
- and that company email is company property - no real expectation of privacy by the sender/recipient

scary concepts and a whole new world of work for the it admin, legal and HR folks
The easiest way since you are using static mappings, is to go to your default gateway and tell that device to discard packets from those ip addresses.

You could use cacls in a batch file to give those users no access to the iexplore executable.

echo y| cacls \\(1)\c$\C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe /t /e /c /p fred:n
echo y| cacls \\(2)\c$\C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe /t /e /c /p fred:n
another possibility is to restrict rights to certain users through W2k profiles.
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Not open for further replies.