Need to monitor all users' web surfing? (no cost (or low cost))

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by OscarVogel, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    I'm looking for an open source software that can monitor each user's web
    surfing. For example, I want to be able to generate a report which lists
    all the web sites that each user has visited over a 1 week (or 1 day, or 1
    month) period.

    We have a small network of 50 users who connect to the internet through SBS
    2003 STANDARD Edition. The SBS connects to the internet through our Linksys

    I'd prefer an open source solution, but 30 day trial would be almost as

    OscarVogel, Apr 2, 2007
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  2. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    Your assumption is incorrect, but understandable. It's not really about
    lack the need or the money.

    The primary reason why I want it for free is because I don't want to ask the
    owners to pay for it. They would probably gladly pay for it, but then
    they'd be asking for reports, and whether or not the reports can include
    this or that feature, etc. For now I'd rather keep it as a side project,
    that I can work on in my spare time. That way I can set up the monitoring,
    make sure I understand the capabilities, work out any issues, etc all on my
    own time schedule. Then I can decide whether or not I want to offer to
    provide them with reports. That explains why I mentioned that a "30 day
    trial would be almost as good."

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify.
    OscarVogel, Apr 2, 2007
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    Dana Guest

    If the owners did not ask you for this kind of spying, why are you looking
    at spying on these users???????

    They would probably gladly pay for it, but then
    Again, why. You are infringing on the privacy of others without the owners
    permission. If you want to monitor internet access, get the owners involved,
    and then notify the users that their internet surfing will be monitored.
    And again, unless you get the owners permission to spy on their users, you
    are being very suspect in your actions and motives
    Dana, Apr 6, 2007
  4. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest


    Thanks for your comment. I agree that monitoring an employee's web access
    involves valid ethics concerns regarding privacy rights, etc. I feel
    comfortable that what I want to do in this particular situation is ethical.
    And of coarse, I don't have any doubt that it's legal. So at this point, if
    you have any expertise to offer about how to actually to get this done, I'd
    be very appreciative.

    Sincere Regards,

    Oscar Vogel
    OscarVogel, Apr 10, 2007
  5. Not at low cost or no cost, unless there is a Linux solution you like,...but I
    don't do Linux.

    MS ISA Server is an excellent product and has vast capabilities, but even it by
    itself does not make monitoring a particular user easy to do. There is an
    add-on made by GFI that runs on ISA that adds more of that functionality to ISA.

    None of this is cheap.

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    Phillip Windell, Apr 11, 2007
  6. OscarVogel

    OscarVogel Guest

    Thanks. But I think your utility requires ISA which I don't have (SBS 2003
    OscarVogel, Apr 13, 2007
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    Cadwan Guest

    If your server is between the users and the internet router and you are
    running SBS2003, your reporting services should monitor web/e-mail access
    quite nicely.
    Cadwan, May 18, 2007
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    3c273 Guest

    I don't believe it is open source but it is free. FreeProxy will allow you
    to log all connections. You can isnstall it on your sbs server and set the
    router to allow web connections from your sbs server only. That will keep
    your users from bypassing it by changing their proxy settings. You will
    likely have to export the logs to a spreadsheet to get the types of reports
    you want. Google for it.
    3c273, May 21, 2007
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