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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RE[2]: Group Policies
by Ventajou on Wed 1st Nov 2006 23:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Group Policies"
Ventajou
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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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RE[3]: Group Policies
by Shkaba on Wed 1st Nov 2006 23:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Group Policies"
Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

No matter which browser one uses, if you leave open ports and/or relaxed settings on you network, internet connection can be missused. Don't even need a browser for that matter. As for pop/imap, or other, ports that you have to open, use ip filtering. IE gives you no advantages in this field, quite contrary (well actually IE7 is supposed to be better, time will tell)

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RE[4]: Group Policies
by Ventajou on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 00:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Group Policies"
Ventajou Member since:
2006-10-31

In a managed environment, you can set group policies to prevent the user from changing the proxy settings in IE. Also you can prevent them from installing software other than what you provide them with (through SMS or ZenWorks for example).

But if you deploy FireFox, then you have no convenient way, to my best knowledge, of preventing the users from playing with the proxy settings. I agree that most people wouldn't do that, but like I said, a number of our users are high schoolers with a high addiction to sites like myspace.com (they would use Google cache to go to myspace.com)

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