Blocking Certain Websites According to a Schedule

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Robsy128

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Hey all :)

I was wondering whether there was some software out there that enables me to block certain websites at certain times? I find that a lot of people in the office are going on Facebook or Twitter during peak hours of work and it can be distracting. I would like to block them between 9-12 and then 2-4. I've seen a program called K9 Web Protection although that looks as if it shuts down the entire Internet for a period of time, rather than selected sites at certain times of the day.

It would be useful to have this system placed in a centralized location, rather than adjusting every single PC in the office. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can implement this? Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
 
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Why not permanently block those sites? I know of no possible reason for employees to be visiting them during working hours. As an alternative, if you catch someone at it, fire them and make sure all the others know exactly whey he/she was fired. Repeat as necessary.
 

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Whilst a good idea, I don't feel like turning the office into a Nazi camp. 12-2 is lunch time, so they should be allowed to use the web how they like and 4-whenever they leave is when everything dies down anyway so they should be able to occupy their time somehow as most of their job is talking on the phone (it's a recruitment agency we're in).

Is there any software that would enable me to do this? Possibly change some settings in the router or something?
 
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Perhaps, but I don't know. Someone else will have to help you.

Some free advice (and worth every penny): Allowing employees to freely use their work computers to surf the web "how they like" is a very bad idea. How would you feel about it if they were visiting porn sites or downloading cracked software apps from places like warez??

At the place I last worked, before the IT guys locked down everyone's pc, people could surf wherever they wanted, and also download and install anything they liked from anywhere. They were spending half their time fixing infected and sometimes inoperable workstations from all the crap that was on them. Such a situation can also compromise your network. Because I worked with specialized, Government-furnished applications the IT guys knew nothing about, I was the only employee outside of IT with the ability to download and install anything.
 

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I understand that some employees can be a bit... stupid when it comes to downloading things. However, the people here are fine and aren't that crazy :p We've had no problems with downloads before. We just want to make sure that they're working as much as they can rather than checking up on cricket scores every 5 minutes.

I'm sure there's some software that enables this around, but Google isn't turning anything up.
 
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I understand that some employees can be a bit... stupid when it comes to downloading things. However, the people here are fine and aren't that crazy :p We've had no problems with downloads before. We just want to make sure that they're working as much as they can rather than checking up on cricket scores every 5 minutes.

I'm sure there's some software that enables this around, but Google isn't turning anything up.
In a lot of cases, it's ignorance, not stupidity. Surfing porn sites wasn't actually the biggest problem where I worked. It was secretaries and others downloading cutsie screen savers, greeting card programs, and games that contained malware.
 

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Most employers I've worked for block not only porn sites, but social medias like Facebook and Twitter as well. Downloads or software installs are usually prohibited. Serious companies have an IT dept with monitoring software. Never been in favor of spying on employees, but unfortunately, years of abuse have forced employers into it.

I'm all in favor of letting your employees browse the Web on their lunch breaks. Happy employees are usually more productive. However, rules have to be put in place and well understood.
 

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Focal Filter looks good but it looks like the user sets this as and when they want it? Correct me if I'm wrong, though :p

iNet Protector looks quite good but I'm unsure about the price. I mean, it is an issue in the company but I don't think it's an issue worth £200 for the 17 PCs we have here.

The issue is that many people use different browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Chrome. I would need something that would block these browsers.
I do remember my school having a blocking feature. We used to absolute hate it and would always try to find ways to bypass it, but unless we found our way into the admin account (which we did from time to time by guessing the password... I mean, admin - admin, really?), it was impossible. I wish I could remember the name of it now because that would be perfect.
 

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It looks good, but it's still only user-enabled, meaning they would have to enable it themselves, which is less than likely.

I'd much rather have something that needs to be set-up once and then left to do its thing.
 

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It looks good, but it's still only user-enabled, meaning they would have to enable it themselves, which is less than likely.

I'd much rather have something that needs to be set-up once and then left to do its thing.
It's not something everybody can simply disable. You would be the one with the password.
 

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The thing is, I would have to re-enable it after lunch and in the morning the next day. It's a bit of a pain, really.
 

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True... I might give it a try on my own machine, but it would be impractical to have it on 17 computers and have to enable it every morning and after lunch time. I would prefer something that I can just set up once and then know it works according to a schedule. I'm surprised there isn't higher demand for this kind of software, to be honest. It would be a definite money maker, I'm sure!

So... any software developers around? ;)
 
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