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hello I just bought New VA10 sony notebook for my teenage son, there is LAN installed and Internet access, there is no account on the va10 notebook, but still he connected to internet, i think through another computer but i want to find out how he connected himself wireless OR through another computer if he does not have an account. Maybe he used pclinq or usb cable. I just do not want that he wonders to some not so friendly web sites if you know what I mean. we also have a regular pc dell with windows at home, is there anyway possible to monitor his internet activities from my homecomputer ( maybe thats impossible), is there a software outthere for that? With best regards Polona from NY
ASKED: February 4, 2005  7:02 PM
UPDATED: February 27, 2005  6:45 PM

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He is probably connecting via wireless LAN through an accespoint at your place or the neighbourhood. It is all configured automaticly trough the WLAN 802.11g mini-PCI Module or some one like that in XP just switch of the enable radio button of the configuration utility from the mini-PCI and-or change the wireless network properties to not automatically generate a key.

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  • CzyJay
    You can load the "Google Desktop Search" program that logs all internet activity for future reference when trying to search for resources either localy or via the web. The program enables you to to see all the sites that your son has gone to and logs all the pages even with chat rooms that he was in and email that are password protected. If he has viewed it or typed info in you are able to pull it up from cache from his machine in a search pattern without the need to know his password to the various differnet sites. It is what i use to monitor my sons internet activity.
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  • Ramheka
    well even if you install tracking software or disable some features that won't help as long as your son logs on the computer as super user (Administrator), so change the admin password to some you only know and lock down the system change the wireless settings from open to shared or just disable it
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  • DigitalCreature
    I suppose you have a router or some sort of network device ? If you login to that device and change the password to your chosen password, then configure firewall to only allow access to the internet by you. That might do the trick. Another way is to go to his computer when he is not there, boot it up, if he uses Windows XP or Windows 2000, and he is not using "Administrator" account as a primary account, you can change the password of the Administrator account by using one of the tools avilable, such as ones at Winternals.com or Windows Key, then check the settings on the computer. As you also mentioned that he might physically connect using some kind of USB or cables, just check if you can see any cablings and any wireless devices. I can't really help much if you don't tell us your configurations and what devices you have, type of internet connections, etc.
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  • Joshua2
    As far as products for monitoring and restricting access, here's a few: http://www.spyarsenal.com/ http://www.netnanny.com/ http://www.cyberpatrol.com/ You Google it and find dozens more. You probably don't want to allow him to use the Administrator account. To see if he has Admin rights, right-click on the Start menu. If the bottom of the shortcut menu says "Explore ALL Users" - he's an Admin. Setting users is easy - press Start - Help and you'll find the info you need.
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  • VietBob
    I question the wisdom of trying to lock down your son's laptop and monitor his activities. Seems to me this approach demonstrates a lack of trust and is more likely to alienate the boy than protect him. Better, I think, to give him Internet access, and make certain he's aware of all the bad people and bad software out there. Install a good firewall such as Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm, spyware tools such as Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, and an anti-virus tool such as Grisoft's AVG. I agree his account shouldn't be an Administrator - that's true for most people's "normal activity" account - but he ought to be able to log in as Administrator when necessary. If you have enough faith in him to buy him a laptop, and if he has enough computer literacy to get online on his own, I think you're much better off providing him the tools and awareness to be safe online. To make clear your expectations, you could write an Acceptable Use Policy, talk it over with him and have him sign it. If you find he's visiting XXX chat rooms or downloading copyrighted materials, for example, he'd lose the laptop for a specified period of time. (This might also be helpful to have on file in case the RIAA ever decides to sue you...) I hope you find my perspective helpful! -Bob
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  • Oltars
    Apologies for the late reply. Here are a number of things to ask first. A) You say you installed a LAN. Does this mean you have a high speed modem that has an option for connecting more than one computer? In which case Do you have a router or a switch in your set up? Or are you talking about the Local Area Connection in My Network Places? B) What do you mean by Internet Access being installed and having no account? Here are a few pointers that may solve your problem. 1. If you have a high speed modem with an option for multiple computers (i.e. you have a switch or router - by the way this is your getaway to the internet), then the possibility that the router is configured to accept any node connection to internet without requiring a username/password. Or the user might know the username/password for the connection. If that is not the case and you are taliking about the Local area connection, the connetion could have been made through a wireless connection near you. Check the connections in My Network Places and ascertain that there is no wireless connection. 2. If you just bought the laptop and didn't configure anything to do with user accounts, then it's open to anyone using it. Nowadays, windows computers are sold with IE installed and all you need is an ISP to grant you access to the internet. For monitoring internet activity, refer to google.
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  • Junior1
    Hello Thanks for your reply, I realized that I do not want internet on my vaio because there are other users on the notebook. My question is how to disconnect or remove internet connection from VAIO , permanently? I know about enable-disable function, thats not an option I want to remove it permanetly. Do I have to go to control panel or somewhere else without damaging the computer. Its a SONY VAIO notebook S series new. VGN-S270 PCG-6D1L
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