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  • internet question

    I have a client with maybe 12 locations. They want to give users the ability to make a connection to the web, but be able to absolutely restrict what they can access, as per specific websites - namely to check for Medicaid and insurance eligibility.

    If they even try to check their email (or any website not listed,) they would be blocked.

    Does anyone know of software that would manage that?
    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
    972 524 8714
    [email protected]

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    Re: internet question

    Do a Goggle on Proxy Server Software. You will find several free and commercial apps that will detail what the packages can do and how they work which should get you up to speed on what will fit your clients specs.

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    • #3
      Re: internet question

      Thanks - will do
      Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
      972 524 8714
      [email protected]

      ____________________
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      • #4
        Re: internet question

        Martin:

        I've done this for our customers to do online eligibility checking. I call IE but restrict the features that are made available to the user.

        Let me see if I can dig out the code ..

        F.

        Later ...
        Actually we don't really allow them to launch an IE session directly. We work though our proprietary eligibility checking service which outputs an xml/html page with the specific patient eligibility data. I save that information to a file then launch IE (with navigation etc disabled) to present the file to the user. That probably won't work for you.
        Last edited by Finian Lennon; 12-15-2008, 02:37 PM. Reason: Additional info
        Finian

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        • #5
          Re: internet question

          thank's Finnian.
          Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
          972 524 8714
          [email protected]

          ____________________
          "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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          • #6
            Re: internet question

            You may even be able to do this at the router/firewall level. Here is a snapshot of the URL filter page from my Draytek modem/router.
            Tim Kiebert
            Eagle Creek Citrus
            A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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            • #7
              Re: internet question

              that looks promising, except that they have no router, as they are stand-a-lone with a dial up connection

              also, the blacklist would have to be *.*, excepting the white list
              Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
              972 524 8714
              [email protected]

              ____________________
              "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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              • #8
                Re: internet question

                Dialup?? whats that:) I thought only us backward countries still had dialup.

                Maybe you could do the same with a software firewall, although the proxy software idea sounds more promising.
                Tim Kiebert
                Eagle Creek Citrus
                A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                • #9
                  Re: internet question

                  Yep - client lives at the edge of StoneAge. They are still using 4.5!!

                  An IT guy at another of my clients said he thinks is possible at a browser level, and is looking at for me.

                  If I ever get it to work, will post here the solution.
                  Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                  972 524 8714
                  [email protected]

                  ____________________
                  "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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                  • #10
                    Re: internet question

                    This is possible using some tom-foolery and funky network configuration.

                    Disable DNS lookups by deleting the DNS server entries in the network configuration.

                    Configure Domain lookups to use the LMHosts file. Then only enter the dns / Ip configurations into the lmhosts filie based on what websites / email accounts you want people to be able to access.

                    The limitations are that access is only denied based on a failed domain name lookup. If the user knows the actual IP address they can bypass this limitation.

                    This might be difficult to deploy because the dial-up account typically pushes DHCP configuration to the dial-up client.
                    Andrew

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                    • #11
                      Re: internet question

                      Another way to approach this and to provide a stepping stone for when the client does upgrade to broadband.

                      IPCop is a linux based software firewall solution. www.ipcop.org

                      If your comfortable with linux you can deploy a ipcop machine that uses dial-up networking to connect to the internet. Once the client upgrades to broadband the ipcop can be upgraded as well and continue to serve as a network wide firewall.

                      The benefit of the ipcop box is that it will allow you to configure white and black lists for accessing the internet. Anything possible with linux is possible with the IPCop.

                      The software is free and almost any computer you have lying around can run ipcop.
                      Andrew

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