Happy Friday! A quick announcement to start: We just opened a
Windows 8 forum for you to discuss and browse all the
happenings around this prerelease OS. It's still in the beta-testing
phase, but let's get started early as there is a lot of buzz around
it already. Enjoy!
A couple of weeks back, we presented the newsletter topic from Robert
F., "E-mail account compromised. How do I stop the spammers?" and he
has graciously written a thank you note. Robert, thanks for following
up with us!
Now let's get cracking on how we can help Andrew. He owns a pub that
offers free Wi-Fi, but is having problems with bandwidth leeches, causing
not only a strain on his bandwidth, but also possibly increasing his
cost from his ISP due to exceeding usage.
Well, Andrew, many members have come to help. The
recommendations varied from setting up software or firewalls and
managing people's use (limiting bandwidth or password-protect)
to calling on professional services to help set up a service for you.
The solution that I personally thought was great is to use software
that will password-protect Wi-Fi access. Sure it's a little
inconvenient for your customers to enter a password to gain
access to your Wi-Fi, but this will allow only your customers to
use it, and bandwidth leeches outside the pub won't be able to
So, check out all the great recommendations in the discussion thread,
and Andrew, when you do come to a solution that works for your business,
please update us here. Good luck! Thanks to all who shared
their wealth of knowledge. Have an awesome weekend!
Q: Can you help me stop the bandwidth leeches at my pub's free Wi-Fi hot spot? I wonder if your contributors can help? We provide a free Wi-Fi
connection for customers in our pub; it is meant so they can get their
e-mail and find local attractions and maps, and look up the sports results
or weather. It is not meant for "serial downloading" or watching online
TV, as this will just hammer my bandwidth and my ISP will
hit me with increased costs.
My router will allow me to block ports or specific Web sites, but which
and how many do I have to block?
Are there ways to dissuade users from taking advantage of what is
meant to be a service for the "honest Joe's," not a resource for the
The router does also give each user an isolated IP so they cannot see
each other, but are there other security issues I should consider?
Q: How do I block access to porn sites from my PC?
I want to permanently block all pornographic sites from my PC, in an
attempt to protect my 13-year old great grandson. How do I go about
blocking any site or domain with "XXX" in its address or domain name?
I know there is a "blacklist" but cannot recall how to access it. Or
is there some other method, including software to prevent access to
those sites. (I am a retired IT professional who survived a stroke and
kidney transplant, but cannot begin to remember how to block this type
of material permanently from my PC.) Your kind assistance would be