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stalydan
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Hello,

 

I live in a flat with 5 other people and we share one virgin media internet connection.

 

I wanted to ask if it was possible for the main account holder to track my browser history? e.g. using parent controls?

 

Many thanks

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Re: Browser History

Thats actually a  horribly complicated question.

 

The short answer is if you are using a seperate device (your own laptop, tablet, phone whatever) its POSSIBLE but most things are. It would be beyond the knowledge level of most people though.

 

If you are using a shared computer it would be trivial even if you maintain separate accounts.

 

 

 

 


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Hey, thanks for the response, I appreciate your help!

 

Ah, apologies if my question was a complicated...

 

I am using my own devices but my flatmates are not really tech geniuses so I should be fine.

 

I was just wondering if Virgin Media offer a parental control service that logs browser history for the main account holder.

 

I wouldn't feel as comfortable if I knew someone could view every website/facebook page etc that I visit.

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LMAO, well done you are the first person in a long time to BENEFIT from the lack of features VM provide.

 

The parental cotrols allow blocking of websites, but not logging of visits.

 

 


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Most browsers have a porn mode option aka incognito mode, where no history is saved, so even on shared device your habits are not visible to your flatmates, only to GCHQ geeks, NSA CIA ....

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Thanks again for the help guys!

 

One final question...

 

Could internet history be logged on the superhub and accessed easily by simply logging on to the router's advanced settings/configuration page?

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Nope.

 

It doesn't consistently remember the firewall rules you give it, never mind what websites have been visited.

 

 


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stalydan wrote:

Thanks again for the help guys!

 

One final question...

 

Could internet history be logged on the superhub and accessed easily by simply logging on to the router's advanced settings/configuration page?


no. would need potentially infinite storage to write the history to, and it does not have that.

 

I am sure GCHQ have it though is you ask nicely Smiley Happy

 

if you want internet history captured, you write a bit of code to insert into PC that sends everything via a hidden proxy address ,and you log traffic at the remote proxy.

That's what happens if you sign up for " we'll pay you to let us monitor your internet shipping habits" survey deals 

 

 

 

there is stuff that VM are legally obliged to keep, and share only with police etc, but I don't have the list to hand. from memory it includes the address fof anyone you've ever emailed but I am unsire if it also includes every page you've ever visited.  just avoid those  jihadi video & "how to make a bomb from stuff they sell at homebase" sites, to be safe

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See the Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 here:  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/2199/contents/made for data which must be retained.

 

 

The 2009 Regulations apply to data generated or processed in the UK and specify that the data that must be retained are data necessary to:

 

  • trace and identify the source of a communication;
  • identify the destination of a communication;
  • identify the date, time and duration of a communication; and
  • identify the type of communication.

In the words of the 2009 Regulations, this includes data generated or process by means of 'mobile telephony', 'internet access', 'internet email' and 'internet telephony.' It is also necessary to identify the users' communication equipment. 

 

Additionally for mobile telephony, data must be retained to identify the location of mobile communication equipment.

 

The provisions of the 2009 Regulations also require public communications providers to retain data that relates to unsuccessful call attempts either stored (in respect of telephony data) or logged (in respect of internet data) in the UK.  An “unsuccessful call attempt” is defined as an attempt at communication where a telephone call has been successfully connected but not answered or where there has been a network management intervention.  This requirement does not apply to unconnected calls.

 

No data of the actual content of a communication is to be retained for the purposes of compliance with the 2009 Regulations.

 

See here: http://www.out-law.com/en/topics/tmt--sourcing/data-protection/data-retention-laws-what-they-mean-fo... for further info.




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Re: Browser History

Clear as mud. Is requesting a url classed as a communication?.

I think all that stuff confirms that email is tracked , browsing is not, neither is dowsing as my spell check suggests, but I wouldn't bet my I-spy super secretdecoder ring on it

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