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I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to all users.

Would like to make use of all the following options:
- unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM and 6AM.
- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.

What are my best options to control my 13 year old?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

G
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    GDH$ wrote:
    > I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to
    > all users.
    >
    > Would like to make use of all the following options:
    > - unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM
    > and 6AM.
    > - unable for non-administrators to access internet.
    > - non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.
    >
    > What are my best options to control my 13 year old?
    >
    > Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

    Unable to TURN ON the computer?
    That is beyond the scope of any computer operating system loaded onto the
    hard drive of a computer - after all - until the OS is loaded - all your
    Administrative power is moot. Physical access + know-how = ownage.

    Then you have a contradiction...

    > - unable for non-administrators to access internet.
    > - non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.

    Which is it? (although technically - this would have to be done with a
    proxy of some sort to be effective.)

    I'm afraid that your control of your children would have to be hands on
    (should be anyway - but that's an opinion.) If they have access (physical)
    to the computer without supervision - they can thwart whatever it is you are
    trying to do. You might say "They wouldn't do that" or "They wouldn't know
    how". They are growing up with the technology - what seems hard for you to
    grasp sometimes seems normal to them. Rest assured, you leave them alone
    with it - and if they are curious with any intelligence what-so-ever, your
    automated defenses will mean nothing.

    You can easily google for the information you seek on Limited (user)
    accounts. If you want that much control, you should get Windows XP
    Professional as well. It gives you a better security model and control than
    Home edition. Make your children "Users" (not power users" and limit the
    time they can log in(cannot control power really - but their accounts can be
    limited to only be allowed to log in at certain times - however it takes a
    third party software to log them off if their time expres!) Install your
    AntiSpyware, AntiVirus and (if you are really wanting to check up on them)
    logging software.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    I agree with your parenting comments.
    But as we (my wife and I) work on that....
    I was looking for assistance in an area similar to "control/alt/delete"
    lock computer with some password.

    Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??

    "Shenan Stanley" wrote:

    > GDH$ wrote:
    > > I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to
    > > all users.
    > >
    > > Would like to make use of all the following options:
    > > - unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM
    > > and 6AM.
    > > - unable for non-administrators to access internet.
    > > - non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.
    > >
    > > What are my best options to control my 13 year old?
    > >
    > > Thanks for any assistance you can offer.
    >
    > Unable to TURN ON the computer?
    > That is beyond the scope of any computer operating system loaded onto the
    > hard drive of a computer - after all - until the OS is loaded - all your
    > Administrative power is moot. Physical access + know-how = ownage.
    >
    > Then you have a contradiction...
    >
    > > - unable for non-administrators to access internet.
    > > - non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.
    >
    > Which is it? (although technically - this would have to be done with a
    > proxy of some sort to be effective.)
    >
    > I'm afraid that your control of your children would have to be hands on
    > (should be anyway - but that's an opinion.) If they have access (physical)
    > to the computer without supervision - they can thwart whatever it is you are
    > trying to do. You might say "They wouldn't do that" or "They wouldn't know
    > how". They are growing up with the technology - what seems hard for you to
    > grasp sometimes seems normal to them. Rest assured, you leave them alone
    > with it - and if they are curious with any intelligence what-so-ever, your
    > automated defenses will mean nothing.
    >
    > You can easily google for the information you seek on Limited (user)
    > accounts. If you want that much control, you should get Windows XP
    > Professional as well. It gives you a better security model and control than
    > Home edition. Make your children "Users" (not power users" and limit the
    > time they can log in(cannot control power really - but their accounts can be
    > limited to only be allowed to log in at certain times - however it takes a
    > third party software to log them off if their time expres!) Install your
    > AntiSpyware, AntiVirus and (if you are really wanting to check up on them)
    > logging software.
    >
    > --
    > Shenan Stanley
    > MS-MVP
    > --
    > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    QUOTE: Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??

    If you're talking abou the User Logon interface, go to Start, select "Run",
    then type in "SysKey", click OK or press Enter. On the dialog window that
    appears, click the Update button. In the resulting dialog box, choose the
    "Password Startup" option button, then type in and confirm the desired
    password.
    --
    This is A SQUARE HOUSE. Please report any un-fairness to the proprietor
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    THANKS. Big help. This is what I needed.

    Greg

    "ottermi619 (A+)" wrote:

    > QUOTE: Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??
    >
    > If you're talking abou the User Logon interface, go to Start, select "Run",
    > then type in "SysKey", click OK or press Enter. On the dialog window that
    > appears, click the Update button. In the resulting dialog box, choose the
    > "Password Startup" option button, then type in and confirm the desired
    > password.
    > --
    > This is A SQUARE HOUSE. Please report any un-fairness to the proprietor
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