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Logging into Windows via USB key

Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:15 pm

I have a friend who wants to limit their children's access to their home pc.
The best idea I could think of was to use a USB key as the login mechanism.
If the kids don't have the key, they are not logged in.
A simple google search returned many options.

Has anyone tried this? Or a better idea?

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Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:33 pm

i don't think a usb key is necessary, the restrictions would need to be configured in software based on user account... so you could just give the kids a diff user account than the parents to use, and hence a diff password.

not sure about locking down something like winxp home etc, might be possible through the local user privileges.

its simple to prevent them from logging in at all, its not so simple to limit their abilities to certain applications or functions within applications.

need a bit more info, what is the OS the computers running. And specifically what are you trying to limit? eg. no using internet explorer, or no accessing the internet... or only let them use the games you have installed and nothing else...... etc
 
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:45 pm

What exactly are they trying to limit? Is it restricting access to a certain time of the day or a certain amount of time they can stay logged in?
 
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:17 pm

dolemitecomputers wrote:
What exactly are they trying to limit? Is it restricting access to a certain time of the day or a certain amount of time they can stay logged in?

A bit of both I believe.
There are definitely a set of hours that they don't want the kids logged in, but I also think that they want a fairly high level of flexibility. I.e. ensure there is no late night use on school nights, unless there is no school the next day on what would normally be a school day.

blitzy wrote:
so you could just give the kids a diff user account than the parents to use, and hence a diff password...
its not so simple to limit their abilities to certain applications or functions within applications.

Yes, but that is too simple, the kids can login at will. And I don't think you can limit logon hours unless the pc is part of a domain, and that would be too rigid.
The first thing they did, was to enable the guest account so they could log in at will.

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Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:31 pm

It's not free, but this program looks like it has a bunch of the features that you are looking for.

http://access-boss.fspro-labs.qarchive.org/

Edit: And if it is internet access that they are looking to block, the router can be setup to work only during certain hours of the day as well.
 
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:27 pm

You can also use the net user command to do the same thing. I assume that program is just a frontend to the same command.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/docu ... x?mfr=true
 
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:50 pm

dolemitecomputers wrote:
You can also use the net user command to do the same thing. I assume that program is just a frontend to the same command.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/docu ... x?mfr=true


Savvy kids would change the system tray time. You'd eventually have to lock that down as well.
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Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:18 pm

Based on the feedback, it looks like the usb key is going to be the way to go.
As mentioned its too easy to change the system time.

So if they have the key, they can play.
Now to just pick a software package...
So far Rohos looks like a winner at $25.

Personally, I think this is a bit futile, but they are not my kids...

Thanks all for your help.
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