Restrict Browsing to a Single Domain, Revisited

By Neil J. Rubenking  |  Posted 2003-12-09 Print this article Print

A savvy reader presents another clever way to restrict your browser to specific domains.

Your advice in the issue of June 17 regarding browser restriction to a single domain is fairly extreme. Most browsers (IE and all Mozilla flavors, at least) have a built-in feature that will accomplish this task much more easily. Just set your browser to use a nonexistent proxy server.

In IEs Internet Options dialog, go to the Connections tab and click on the LAN Settings button. In the LAN Settings dialog box, check the box titled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Next click on the Advanced... button and type in any name you wish in the HTTP: field ...
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Neil J. Rubenking Neil Rubenking served as vice president and president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years when the IBM PC was brand new. He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors. In 1986, PC Magazine brought Neil on board to handle the torrent of Turbo Pascal tips submitted by readers. By 1990 he had become PC Magazine's technical editor, and a coast-to-coast telecommuter. His 'User to User' column supplied readers with tips and solutions on using DOS and Windows, his technical columns clarified fine points in programming and operating systems, and his utility articles (over forty of them) provided both useful programs and examples of programming in Pascal, Visual Basic, and Delphi. Mr. Rubenking has also written seven books on DOS, Windows, and Pascal/Delphi programming, including PC Magazine DOS Batch File Lab Notes and the popular Delphi Programming for Dummies. In his current position as a PC Magazine Lead Analyst he evaluates and reports on client-side operating systems and security solutions such as firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and full security suites. He continues to answer questions for readers in the ongoing 'Solutions' column and in PC Magazine's discussion forums.

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