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Parental Controls' managed accounts and secured connections in MacOS X 10.5.8 bug or by design?

 
 
Ant
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      04-13-2012, 01:16 PM
Hello.

I enabled parental control (even if I didn't set any options -- just
using defaults) on a non-administrator account in an updated Mac OS X
10.5.8 on an old 15" MacBook Pro. I noticed that both of its Safari and
old Firefox v3.6.28 could not connect/work with secured connections
(https like on Google, webmails, etc.). I was told this was by design.

Is this true? If so, then why and is there a way to access secured web
sites with it?

Thank you in advance.
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      04-13-2012, 01:31 PM
Ant <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> Hello.
>
> I enabled parental control (even if I didn't set any options -- just
> using defaults) on a non-administrator account in an updated Mac OS X
> 10.5.8 on an old 15" MacBook Pro. I noticed that both of its Safari and
> old Firefox v3.6.28 could not connect/work with secured connections
> (https like on Google, webmails, etc.). I was told this was by design.
>
> Is this true?


Yes.

> If so, then why


Because Parental Controls has an Internet content filter as one of its
features, and https data cannot be scanned for inappropriate content,
because it is encrypted.

> and is there a way to access secured web sites with it?


Yes. You can adjust the Internet content filter settings. It is only the
default mode of "Try to limit access to adult websites automatically"
which disallows the use of https. You can either set it to a different
mode (unrestricted, or only allow access to specified sites), or add
specific web sites to the Always Allow list if you need https with those
sites.

See <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2900> for details.

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Ant
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      04-13-2012, 05:47 PM
> > I enabled parental control (even if I didn't set any options -- just
> > using defaults) on a non-administrator account in an updated Mac OS X
> > 10.5.8 on an old 15" MacBook Pro. I noticed that both of its Safari and
> > old Firefox v3.6.28 could not connect/work with secured connections
> > (https like on Google, webmails, etc.). I was told this was by design.
> >
> > Is this true?


> Yes.


Ah thanks. I also just tried 10.7.3 on a coworker's Mac Mini and it was
the same, and at least Safari asked me to whitelist the secured web site
or not.

> > If so, then why


> Because Parental Controls has an Internet content filter as one of its
> features, and https data cannot be scanned for inappropriate content,
> because it is encrypted.


Ah.


> > and is there a way to access secured web sites with it?


> Yes. You can adjust the Internet content filter settings. It is only the
> default mode of "Try to limit access to adult websites automatically"
> which disallows the use of https. You can either set it to a different
> mode (unrestricted, or only allow access to specified sites), or add
> specific web sites to the Always Allow list if you need https with those
> sites.


> See <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2900> for details.


Strange. I did have "Allow unrestricted access to websites"
(unrestricted). I also noticed sometimes secured web sites get blocked
and sometimes not. It was weird. I am pretty sure "Try to limit access
to adult websites automatically" is off. I will have to check
again.
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