Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Nov 2006 14:55 UTC, submitted by bouh
Internet & Networking "How do the latest versions of each browser compare? For this prizefight, we looked at Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft's first new Internet browser since 2001 and Mozilla Firefox 2, Mozilla's update of its popular Firefox 1.5 browser released in November 2005." This will be the last Firefox 2 vs. IE7 article. I promise.
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Group Policies
by Ventajou on Wed 1st Nov 2006 22:44 UTC
Ventajou
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2006-10-31

No matter how much better Firefox might be, even with the awesome adblock and filterset.g extensions, the lack of group policies support forces me to go against its adoption in my organisation (and at home!).

A firefox user can change the proxy settings to go through some external proxy and avoid the protections you have in place. Which can be a problem when you're trying to keep high school kids away from porn sites while at school or from hogging your bandwidth with youtube!

Moreover, in a managed environment, you can restrict which extensions can run on IE and as long as you don't grant your users local admin rights and have a filtering proxy in place (IPCop is free and can do that), IE is not the security blackhole many would like us to believe.

Give FF group policy support, with the ability to deploy it with specific extensions, and you'll boost its adoption rate in big organisations!

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RE: Group Policies
by Shkaba on Wed 1st Nov 2006 23:10 in reply to "Group Policies"
Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

"A firefox user can change the proxy settings to go through some external proxy and avoid the protections you have in place. Which can be a problem when you're trying to keep high school kids away from porn sites while at school or from hogging your bandwidth with youtube!"

WOW ... those hackers, eh!? Can you just tell me how is it possible to bypass your local proxy server (no matter what browser, ftp client or what not)???

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RE[2]: Group Policies
by Ventajou on Wed 1st Nov 2006 23:24 in reply to "RE: Group Policies"
Ventajou Member since:
2006-10-31

Well if you want your proxy to transparently filter web traffic, you'll set it to port 80 and the https port (don't remember the number but you get the point).

But chances are that you'll want your firewall to leave a number of ports open to outgoing traffic, for example for the users in your organisation who want to access their personal imap/pop accounts, or maybe for some other specific application.

Well it's fairly easy for a geek with enough time on his/her hands to setup a proxy at home that listens to, for example, port 21 (ftp) and use a dyndns account. Then pointing their school/work browser to their home proxy they can freely browse the web.

I haven't even looked at anonymizing proxies which can be found online but I know some people who live in countries which censor the web use them.

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