3 Replies Latest reply: May 22, 2013 5:18 AM by andyBall_uk
smp777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Does anybody know how I can block the erasure of browser history? My son is so clever to erase everything before he leaves the computer, but I need to have control on what he does on it. Is there a possibility to forbit the erasure of the history?

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,490 points)

    If you make his account use Parental Controls, you can get a log of websites visited, although it's not always complete, and likely to be very long indeed, but not affected by clearing history. Naturally, you'd need to be certain that he doesn't know an admin password to change his account back & forth, or erase these logs.


    However, with little effort ( a quick search ), he'd find out how to create a new admin account & hide it, or reset the current password etc... the only way to prevent that is with a Firmware Password, but that's also easy to get round, except on late'ish models as detailed here, where resetting/removing it typically requires help from Apple.


    There is 3rd party, paid-for 'monitoring' software available, some of which would likely be less obvious than parental controls... until you act on the results.

  • smp777 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your answer; do you know a name of such an monitoring software? He's too clever what concerns passwords...

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,490 points)

    a late model can't readily have the firmware password reset regardless, & if clever & not set, monitoring s/w or any other feature is readily removed once known of.


    http://www.spector.com/ crops up here now & then, sometimes causing problems, sometimes just listed as active. I don't recommend it, simply seen it here.