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Bitmap Jan 11, 2009, 09:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all.

Here's the deal. My dad wants to be able to monitor what websites my little brother is visiting on his laptop when he's not looking. Currently the laptop is in my possession, so installing some background software isn't a problem. (He got it taken away when he downloaded some torrents and bricked his computer, so I had to set him back up)

Is there any way my dad can take a look at what my brother visits without having to poke through the browser history (since my brother was smart enough to erase the history before handing me the computer)? Just something that phones home or sends a log periodically via email, preferably with URLs instead of IPs.

The laptop is running Vista 32-bit if that helps.

Thanks for any help. Ask any questions if I'm not being clear enough. :)


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Jan 11, 2009, 10:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 11, 2009, 10:48pm EST

 
>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
Do you need full URI's, or just domain names?

If it were me, I would set up my router to log DNS requests originating from his LAN IP. Some routers might already have that feature built-in. Won't get you the full addresses, but it will tell you that he was visiting donkeypr0n.gov and piratedshtuff4free.net.

He could get around that of course by just using IPs, or locally caching DNS responses in his hosts file, but I gather he's not the type. :P

EDIT: You might want to look to see if OpenDNS has any kind of logging feature(s).

Bitmap Jan 11, 2009, 10:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
McFly said:
Do you need full URI's, or just domain names?

If it were me, I would set up my router to log DNS requests originating from his LAN IP. Some routers might already have that feature built-in. Won't get you the full addresses, but it will tell you that he was visiting donkeypr0n.gov and piratedshtuff4free.net.

He could get around that of course by just using IPs, or locally caching DNS responses in his hosts file, but I gather he's not the type. :P

EDIT: You might want to look to see if OpenDNS has any kind of logging feature(s).

OpenDNS is out of the question. Our ISP has already set up OpenDNS, so we can't change any options for OpenDNS.

We're using a modded WRT54GL with the Tomato Firmware. I could, of course, swap it out with DD-WRT, if need be. Any suggestions, Mr. McFly?

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Beavis Khan Jan 11, 2009, 11:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
I don't have my DD-WRT box anymore, but IIRC it can log traffic without too much mucking around. I believe logging is disabled by default, and storage is limited unless you've soldered an SD card in, but you can also dump to any remote machine running syslogd. Much better to do this sort of thing on the router, IMHO, unless you've really got his machine locked down.

Edit - you might also just try telling him that everything is logged now. Whether it really is or not may be irrelevant if he thinks he's being watched ;)

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bossa ritchie Jan 12, 2009, 06:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
I use K9 Web Protection on my system so I know that nobody is going where they shouldn't be, it is also free.

Jan 12, 2009, 11:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
If OpenDNS.com detects that you're using them, then it doesn't really matter if your ISP is serving it to you or not. You should be able to create an account and use all of their account features.

I've never used Tomato, but I'd be surprised if it didn't have some kind of logging feature. I haven't used DD-WRT in a while, but it definitely does. The 54G (at least the versions that support firmwares like Tomato) have 4MB of flash memory, which, less your firmware, leaves ~1-2MB for log storage. That would probably be OK just for DNS requests from one machine if you empty it on the regular.

If you're handy with a soldering iron, you could throw a 2GB+ SD card in there and log for years. :P It doesn't take much, just a card (slot is optional) and some random wire. Does Tomato come with an MMC/SD driver? And/or does it have a writable filesystem?

Bitmap Jan 12, 2009, 01:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
Tomato logs, but it's all low level packet logging. No IPs are resolved to URLs. It tells whether the request is outbound or inbound, the dest/src IPs, SYN or ACK, etc. I don't want to waste time figuring what IP matches to what URL. :~

I thought about soldering on the SD, but I just haven't had time. And it'd have to be late at night when my parents don't need the internet, but that's out of the question. I'm working morning shifts, now. :~ One of these days, though. :D

Halp!

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Jan 12, 2009, 02:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
Hrm hum ... * McFly thinks *

Reason   Jan 17, 2009, 12:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
This may be of interest to you:
http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/feature-buiding-a-mini-itx-...-20090116/

It requires an entire additional computer instead of a router, but it sounds effective to me.

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A_Pickle Feb 10, 2009, 11:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tracking Websites VIsited from Another Computer
http://sectools.org/sniffers.html

Packet sniffers, maybe?


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