Small Internet Cafe Solution

June 8, 2012 at 13:13:47
Specs: Windows 7
Hi there,
could anyone advise on which solution to pursue.

Setting up two computers to be used in an local charity drop-in centre for youth, computers to be used for mainly internet use.
Would need to lock them down for security.
they are standalones and will be connected to the centre's router, but will be on different domain to other computers in centres office.

Any advice on which software is suitable and good for locking down the two PC's

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June 8, 2012 at 13:33:14
Might look at untangle firewall.

If you look at a search for internet cafe software you get more than a few choices. Not sure which is best.

I'd put on the most restrictive firewall I could find.

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June 8, 2012 at 13:39:40
There's a lot of good software for locking down computers. The first one that comes to my mind is Deep Freeze. There are plenty more so don't be shy about using google to find something that does what you need and is affordable.

If you have no need for these computers to be on the same network as the rest of the center, or like me in a similar situation, would prefer they weren't, the addition of a second SOHO router would allow you to segregate the two computers away onto a completely separate subnet.

For more information on adding a secnod router simply click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN”.

You'll want to pay attention to "Version 2" in my guide.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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June 8, 2012 at 14:45:04
I think someone is confused over locking down a pc with what it is allowed to see on the internet. These are not the same.

Windows Steady State comes to mind. Like Deep Freeze it discards user changes, including infections, upon reboot.

Unfortunately Windows 7 does not support steady state.
But you can get really close with policies.

Here a link to how you do that.

Your BIGGEST concern is that these pcs are on YOUR network. if you don't have a managed switch and doing vlans to separate these pcs traffic from your business traffic YOU ARE AT GREAT RISK.

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