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One of the guys I'm in charge of hasn't been pulling his weight. His productivity and quality of workmanship are way down and his computer's been getting malware infections lately. You can see where this is going.

I'm generally an easy going guy (and I don't want any trouble but I still have to address this issue).

Is there a way to disable browser history deletion on Chrome? I'm hoping this alone will be enough of a deterrent to put things right.

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I would argue that the team member in question will just attempt to circumvent that, it's not really a productive step in the direction of solving a larger issue. –  Nick Josevski Feb 18 '10 at 23:52
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While I agree that it would probably act as a deterrent, it still fails to solve the underlying issue which will probably just be then expressed in a different form. –  Dan McGrath Feb 19 '10 at 0:25
    
Are you his boss? Then act like it. "I don't want any trouble" is a cop out, if there's an issue, discuss it with him instead of trying to implement something like this. Also doesn't your organisation have network wide logging? –  micmcg Feb 19 '10 at 2:02
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@micmcg, I wish it were that simple. I'm not his boss, I am however "in charge", therefore I'm the one catching flack for this jack@ss. –  ProstheticHead Feb 19 '10 at 12:45
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Then you need to talk to YOUR boss about how you are supposed to be responsible for someone's work without having the authority to make sure they are doing it. This is a problem solved with people management skills, not with tech –  micmcg Mar 8 '10 at 3:33

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If you are REALLY worried about this, you may as well install a commercial keylogger in the computer! Most of the time, this is illegal to do but i think this is really good way to get hold of the browsing habits. The extremely bad side of this suggestion is that you get all the keystrokes = password/credit card information etc which i believe is not what you want :) So a configurable keylogger which will only track the web browsing perhaps :)

Or another perfect way of doing this is configuring OpenDNS to be used with the computer. Not only you can block unwanted (pornography/social networking/drugs/time wasters +much more), the free version (which is more than adequate) will give you two-week insight to all the networking activities (which sites were visited/which blocked sites were visited etc). To add to the effect, you can show your own message + picture when a site is being blocked :D

Hope this helps :)

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LOL, it hadn't occured to me to approach it from the DNS angle. I am already using DYNDNS so this should be a piece of cake. I should be able to implement this across my entire network in one move. Can you recommend Open DNS over DYN? The prospect of putting my ugly mug an place of Facebook is extremely attractive to me. :D No Keyloggers though, simply not worth the risk. I don't want to go to jail any time soon. –  ProstheticHead May 27 '10 at 19:11
    
Sorry i have not used DYN so i do not the pros and cons of it over OpenDNS. But since you are already using DYNDNS i assume that you will be able to block the websites you specify. In OpenDNS you can even block 3rd party proxy sites altogether thus preventing the anyone from accessing the blocked websites through a proxy. And Yes! It would be really fun to have a picture of your choice when a site is blocked! :P I once used a picture of Jesus :P –  Ranhiru Cooray May 28 '10 at 7:18
    
Ok good, I'll probably try both. Thanks for your help :-) –  ProstheticHead May 28 '10 at 8:19

I don’t think there are any options in Chrome to do so. If you or your company are in control of your employee’s internet connection, then I’d suggest you investigate getting access to the logs, and then “reminding” all your employees that all internet access at work is logged.

As the comments have mentioned though, if the guy isn’t into his work any more, it’s unlikely there’s a technological solution. Might he have some frustrations with the job? Are there ways to get him interested in the work, rather than scared of slacking off?

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I've found a solution to this problem, kind of... Basically I've installed the Google History extension and linked it to an account I created for his PC.

This works, it will covertly record his history so long as he doesn't figure out that all he need do is log out. He's not the sharpest, so I think for now I can rely on that NOT happening.. he hasn't figured "Incognito Mode" out yet.

Lets hope I can put the willies up him enough to bring him back in to line without too much trouble.

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Google Chrome has an ADM set now, you can google it lol. The problem is that it covers EVERYTHING, except disallowing users to delete history. It has a history setting, but it only controls whether or not history is allowed to be saved.. very short sighted when you consider that ADM files (GPO's) are there specifically TO control user behaviors.. ah well, just installed it myself and was configuring it, and wanted to see if there was a workaround- it DOES allow disabling incognito mode.

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Installing a parental control may help you both ways, like K9 web projection.

  1. It tracks all the browsing history.
  2. It restricts social and porn.
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