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Password Protect Internet Explorer Access

by andimk / August 1, 2005 7:52 AM PDT

How can we prompt for a password when accessing the internet using Internet Explorer or any other browser?

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Short answer: You don't
by Yew / August 1, 2005 8:00 AM PDT

Windows isn't designed to be a secure system like that. So anything you do, can easily be circumvented. Mostly because Microsoft decided to bolt IE onto the rest of the operating system. So, now, any window used to show files, can also be used as a web browser. To limit access to IE is to basically limit access to the entire system.

The longer answer is that there are some things you can set, but then you have to change them EVERY time you want to allow access to the Internet.

You could do this real easily with a Linux box... MAYBE even a Mac, though that gets a bit more iffy. Windows makes it a giant pain in the **** to do effectively.

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Can you give more details of what you want?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 8:10 AM PDT

As has been said, you cannot password protect IE specifically, but on a Windows XP PC you may be able to limit access to the internet with limited accounts.

With non-Admin accounts you can limit what users can do, and one of those restrictions "may" be to remove internet access, which it seems you want to do.

I'm not sure though as I have never tried that myself. Other people may say otherwise.


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Yes, that works. Here's how.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2005 8:16 AM PDT

You revoke the READ and EXECUTE permissions for the account you want to cripple. They only get into the internet with an account you allow such access.

How? Use NTFS file permissions on iexplore.exe and it's other DLLs. You'll need to research your other browser name and DLLs to know what file to revoke such permission.

Many will opt and pay for Norton's internet software.


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