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Block Network Access

Postby Synaptic » Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:23 am

I've recently got Wireless Broadband, which meters Up/Down connections per KB. As a result I'm trying to cut down as much internet usage as I can.

Can anyone recommend an easy way to block internet access to everything except Firefox?

Would setting the proxy settings to 127.0.0.1 in IE Internet Options block network access to everything else on the system as Firefox works independently?

I'm only ever away for short periods so I'm looking for something that I can enable/disable easily from my unmetered connection at home (as opposed to the $15/300mb for Wireless BB)

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Re: Block Network Access

Postby ar1stotle » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:20 am

The easiest thing to do would probably just be to install a third party firewall. That will let you monitor the network connections so you can see what's accessing the internet. Setting a local proxy will stop anything that uses the Windows default connection to figure out how to connect, but many programs do not (ex. Firefox and any other program where you can manually set proxy settings). With a third part firewall, you can also selectively enable/disable access should you need to certain services to access the internet. That would be my recommendation.
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Re: Block Network Access

Postby Synaptic » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:52 am

Anything you would recommend for x64? Almost all relevant software I have seen will only run Windows 7 32-bit.

I have already looked at ZoneAlarm, not really what I am after. What I was looking at was software such as Blumental's iNet Protector (see http://www.blumentals.net/inetprot/tour.php?id=4here) or Gearbox's Internet Access Controller (see http://www.gearboxcomputers.com/products/internet-access-controller/index.htmlhere) that act as a simple on/off switch, and give exceptions.

I would use Windows Firewall, because it does exactly what I want, except it doesn't have rule order processing (i.e. deny takes precendence over allow, rather than 'apply rule 1, then rule 2 ...' as other firewall iterations allow.

Really stagging what is actively always connected to the internet when I installed Zonealarm, I got prompted for about 15 programmes all connecting (GoogleUpdate, Acrobe Updater, Audible Audiobook Download Manager ...... ). I hate to think of the trickle effect that would have over 30 days.
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