Step by Step Guide: How to Monitor Internet Browsing?

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In today’s highly-networked world, the business owner or network administrator must monitor employee Internet activity. Viruses and malware threaten the company network, and gaming, social and other work-inappropriate websites can steal precious bandwidth and reduce employee efficiency. You can monitor Internet browsing by many different methods, but the most straightforward and inexpensive ways include checking browser history, viewing temporary Internet cache files and logging Internet activity with the network router.

How to Monitor Internet Browsing

Browser History and Cache

1. Open the browser. Press “Ctrl-H” on the keyboard. Look through the browser’s history logs. Organize the logs, if you wish, to view the user’s history by date, last visited or by the site.

2. Open Internet Explorer. Click “Tools” and “Internet Options.”

3. Click the “Settings” button. Click “View files” to view all the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder collected from Internet browsing. This folder does not contain a list of Internet addresses visited, but it does display cookies and other data collected from various websites.

Router Logs

1. Log in to your router by typing or in the browser address bar. Enter your administrator username and password.

2. Locate the administration page and look for a section named Logs.

3. Click “Enable” if the feature is not activated. The router will monitor and record every Internet Protocol (IP) address that every computer on the network visits.

4. Access the logs by clicking “Logs” on the Logs page. The router displays the list of all the IP addresses that have been accessed by all network users.


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