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Mike Poirier Calculating status...
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Jun 10, 2009 7:10 PM
Hey Folks - could use some help here... I can't seem to find anyone with the same problem.

I've created a restricted account for my son and understand I must login as him to create bookmarks in his safari browser to websites that I will allow him to visit.

The problem is when I open the browser & try to add a site by entering my admin username & password - nothing happens. Also, when I try to open his bookmarks & type in my admin name & password - it doens't do a thing... but if I hit cancel instead of trying to login - it opens the bookmarks window but I still can't add sites.

Any ideas out there?

Thanks so much in advance.

Mike

P.S. I've tried creating a new account & also got rid of all safari preferences & settings.
MDD G4 Dual 867mhz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Jun 10, 2009 8:12 PM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    Hi Mike, not on Tiger at the momemt, but I think you set those in the Admin account, Accounts Pref Pane...

    http://www.ehow.com/how2056443set-parental-controls-mac-os.html
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Jun 11, 2009 12:51 PM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    Ah, back on Tiger, Right you are, mulling it now...
  • KevanGordon Calculating status...
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    Jun 13, 2009 11:16 AM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    Mike,

    This is, in my opinion, quite a significant problem with Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.4.

    I handle IT for a school over here in Scotland. The problem with Safari Parental Controls appeared yesterday (Friday). I spent the whole day working on it with no result at all. However, i have some facts about it that i have passed on to Apple for further investigation.

    The issue affects both PPC and Intel versions of 10.4.11. it does NOT affect 10.5.7.

    I confirmed my results on 10 different Macs. Test the following for me and post results...

    1. Create a new user on your Mac. Make that user a Managed one.
    2. Enable the Safari Parental Controls.
    3. Log in to the account you have just created.
    4. Try to visit a site that is not in the bookmarks.
    5. Instead of typing in Admin credentials, when prompted, simply click Cancel.

    What happens?

    6. Now, try it again with proper admin credentials entered and click on OK

    What happens?

    Thanks for your help.
    MacPro 2,1 8 core 3Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • KevanGordon Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 16, 2009 12:20 PM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    Hi,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I am beginning to wonder if this only happens in isolated cases. Maybe there is simply too small a number of Managed 10.4.11 users with Safari 4 for this to be important.

    However, such a glaring error should really catch the attention of enough people for it to be more commonly discussed. My initial post on Macrumors drew almost no interest.

    I even contacted one of the site admins on iChat and was met with silence!

    Downgrading.... here we come!!!
    MacPro 2,1 8 core 3Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • dan-the-red Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 3:38 PM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    All, I'd be interested in a resolution to this, as well.

    Like others listed, I've enabled Parental Controls for my son (yes, he's a genius, but I digress!).

    When I add a new site to Safari, it prompts for the admin login; mixed results. Sometimes it adds, other times not. When he clicks on the bookmark icon, and is prompted for a password, he merely hits cancel, and is in the bookmark view (ie, the password is only there for show, apparently!), and he proceeds to have a field day.

    Also, he's managed to "reset" the bookmarks, and I don't know how.

    I don't mind the concept of my son being smarter than me, but he's only 6...I should have the upper hand in computers for at least another couple of years...

    Final add-on: before I realized HOW he was doing this, I upgraded to the latest Safari, to see if that would fix the issue. Apparently, it's in the last two (or so) versions. It's iBook G4 1GHz w/10.4 and (now) Safari 4
    2 Macbooks, 2 iBooks, Mini & a Cube, Mac OS X (10.4.11), There's no such thing as too many computers!
  • MDmacuser Calculating status...
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    Jun 24, 2009 7:19 AM (in response to dan-the-red)
    Hello all,

    I am experiencing the same problem while attempting to restrict items for my niece and nephew. I can simply hit cancel under their account and can add any site. I figure it's only a matter of time before they figure this out. I am hoping that Apple comes up with a solution soon.

    thanks
    Quicksilver 2002 Dual 1ghz, 9800 Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • KevanGordon Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 25, 2009 8:01 AM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    Hi,

    This is NOT and isolated problem. I have now confirmed the problem on every qualifying Mac at the school i handle IT for. 48 out of 48 systems have the problem.

    I have contacted Mike at XLR8 today to see if he will ask readers to test and confirm.

    It worries me that so many parents may be oblivious to this flaw!!!
    MacPro 2,1 8 core 3Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • dan-the-red Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 25, 2009 9:29 AM (in response to KevanGordon)
    I've also had a 100% "success" rate (2 out of 2) in reproducing this problem. My macs that have Leopard don't seem to have this problem (but, I don't let my kids play on those-at least not willingly).

    I'll be upgrading to 10.5 on my iBooks, and will report back; methinks this is 10.4 + Safari 3 or 4. Upgrading Safari didn't help.

    I'll report back, once I do the upgrade, and share my experiences.

    ~DtR
    iBook G4, iMac G4, mini G4 & a G3 Cube, Mac OS X (10.4.11), There's no such thing as too many computers!
  • jvarn Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2009 2:13 AM (in response to Mike Poirier)
    I can confirm that this happens on a fresh installation of Tiger 10.4 updated to 10.4.11 with Safari 4. I did not enable the Parental Controls until I had finished running Software Update, so I cannot say whether this also affects Safari 3.

    Has anyone had any success working around this?
    Powerbook G4 Titanium, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • M.A.G. Calculating status...
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    Jun 28, 2009 8:02 PM (in response to KevanGordon)
    Great to know that I'm not the only one with this problem. My 6 year old found out the trick!! Guess we will be going back to Safari 3 until they fix this problem.
    imac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
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