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    Question Social Media Hosts File

    Hey guys. I've been creating and appending a hosts file to block "unproductive" sites from a user for a client of mine. I was wondering if there was a pre-made list available somewhere because I know I am missing things. I need to block sports sites and social media sites. I tried Google but didn't find anything. Maybe my Google-Fu is sub-par. Any suggestions? If there is nothing out there (which I find hard to believe), I will post what I have so far here, and as a community, maybe we can come up with a comprehensive list that we can share with everyone else on the internet with this question. Thanks.
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    Hmmm, doing this on a pc by pc basis is not the crrect way imo. I know spybot uses for antimalware and dangerous sites but for unproductive tasks, I dont know tbh. When I was put into this situation I usually used the router / dyndns for it.

    Sorry to be no help, interesting Q though :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cider View Post
    Hmmm, doing this on a pc by pc basis is not the crrect way imo. I know spybot uses for antimalware and dangerous sites but for unproductive tasks, I dont know tbh. When I was put into this situation I usually used the router / dyndns for it.

    Sorry to be no help, interesting Q though :P
    The reason I was using the hosts file was because it is only a single user who needs blocked access.

    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    Here is a start. The problem is that a hosts file is difficult to manage, slows performance and is easy to bypass. I never cared for the user by user approach to network management.

    I always used strong personnel policies and traffic log analysis to enforce those policies. Most "surfing" policies were firing offenses after x number of violations. A good set of rules in your bastion host and/or router is also helpful.
    The user is on a domain and has limited access to the system and would not be able to bypass the hosts file directly and isn't skillful enough to work around it otherwise. There is a policy against surfing, but that is just causing people to get fired at a pretty regular rate.

    Quote Originally Posted by dinowuff View Post
    I use OpenDNS on my home network and the smaller clients that want filtering
    I could use the OpenDNS but it would need to block only a single user. Since the machine is on a domain, the server is the main DNS. Is there a way to have a single user running off the OpenDNS in this scenario? I currently have OpenDNS as the secondary DNS. If I set OpenDNS as the primary on that machine and the domain controller as the secondary, would that work?

    Thanks to all for your input.
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    Here is a start. The problem is that a hosts file is difficult to manage, slows performance and is easy to bypass. I never cared for the user by user approach to network management.

    I always used strong personnel policies and traffic log analysis to enforce those policies. Most "surfing" policies were firing offenses after x number of violations. A good set of rules in your bastion host and/or router is also helpful.

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    I use OpenDNS on my home network and the smaller clients that want filtering

    Here is a list of default categories you can filter on:
    Academic Fraud
    Adult Themes
    Adware
    Alcohol
    Auctions
    Automotive
    Blogs
    Business Services
    Chat
    Classifieds
    Dating
    Drugs
    Ecommerce/Shopping
    Educational Institutions
    File storage
    Financial institutions
    Forums/Message boards
    Gambling
    Games
    German Youth Protection
    Government
    Hate/Discrimination
    Health
    Humor
    Instant messaging
    Jobs/Employment
    Lingerie/Bikini
    Movies
    Music
    News/Media
    Non-profits
    Nudity
    P2P/File sharing
    Parked Domains
    Photo sharing
    Podcasts
    Politics
    Pornography
    Portals
    Proxy/Anonymizer
    Radio
    Religious
    Research/Reference
    Search engines
    Sexuality
    Social networking
    Software/Technology
    Sports
    Tasteless
    Television
    Tobacco
    Travel
    Video sharing
    Visual search engines
    Weapons
    Webmail

    OpenDNS alog with http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm Works fine on small networks.
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    Casual Fridays: Are workplace internet restrictions counterproductive?

    Respondents with more internet restrictions at work are significantly LESS likely to check their work messages while away from work. The message employers may be sending employees by restricting access at work is that work and home life don't mix. Employees who aren't allowed personal internet time at work are less likely to use time at home to monitor their workplace communication.
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    The problem is that the surfing is occurring while there is work to be done. In this case, the user involved does not have to do anything work related outside the office and work emails are only available to him in the office. The decision really comes from the principle of the company, but in all fairness, is a full day of work really too much to ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberB0b View Post
    but in all fairness, is a full day of work really too much to ask?
    See if you can concentrate for 8 hours straight. I know I can't.

    As long as the work gets done me and my boss don't have a problem with it.
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    but in all fairness, is a full day of work really too much to ask?
    In a word: "yes" Personally, I have never, ever, contracted to give more than a full day's attendance for payment

    OK, to the subject in hand:

    If this is only one worker, or a few in a single office, I wouldn't bother to try anything too complicated, especially if I was expected to support and maintain it.

    I would look at "parental control" software, particularly the "industrial strength" ones they use in schools. Sorry I cannot remember any names but at least one is very good at blocking all manner of subjects.

    The beauty of the third party solution is that the vendors maintain it

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    In the USA asking non-exempt wage and hour employees to check for workplace communications is a violation of the wage and hour laws if they are not paid for their time.

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