How to lock out teen-age kids from downloading Instant Messaging from IE

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Annie, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Annie

    Annie Guest

    Is there a way to lock someone from going into the
    internet via Internet Explorer?

    My husband and I need internet access for work therefore,
    we access the internet via Internet Explorer. We don't
    have AOL and MSN. However, Instant Messaging download can
    be obtained as soon as kids go to the internet via
    Internet Explorer. We want these teenagers locked out of
    the internet altogether.

    Please help!!!
    Annie, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. Annie

    Lee Higdon Guest

    Ask yourself this: Who is the parent and who is in charge?

    Now, which operating system do you have? If you're running Win2000 or XP you
    can set up profiles for individual users and NOT grant your children
    administrative rights.
    That should keep them from installing any programs.
    Of course, that will require your serious consideration of my first
    Lee Higdon, Sep 23, 2003
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  3. That is difficult to do an a shared computer. One way would be to install a personal
    firewall like Kerio and set it up to restrict/block access to the internet and then
    password protect the firewall configuration. When you use the computer you could
    disable the firewall to allow your self access and then enable it when you are done.
    You still should have a firewall at the cable/dsl modem for general protection.
    Nothing will ultimately work if the other users have administrator access. There is
    also a firewall program called Ports Lock that can have different firewall
    configurations for different users that should work also. --- Steve --- Free for home use. -- Needs W2K/XP
    Steven L Umbach, Sep 23, 2003
  4. Annie

    sgopus Guest

    Upgrade to a operating system that allows for various
    accounts, and do not allow them access to the internet
    windows 2000 and xp both do this.
    be sure your hardware is compatable with the operating
    system before you make the purchase.
    Microsoft has a program that can check your pc and tell
    you if it's compatable or not.
    not sure where it's located
    just do a search on windows 2000/xp compatability software
    sgopus, Sep 24, 2003
  5. What's your OS?
    The sad truth is, there isn't much you can do to prevent clever teenagers
    from bypassing any security you implement - the only true preventive measure
    is preventing them from having any access to the computer at all. If they
    can't use it the way you wish, maybe they shouldn't use it at all - a
    computer with internet access is not exactly a birthright.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Sep 28, 2003
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