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AOL software on Network PC?

By ballyb ·
Can someone give me some advice, in this situation? I have a user who is used to and wants to use the AOL 7.0 sofware on one of our network PC's. I understand you can get to aol's email service, through IE (we use 6.x), with the user name and password. However, I have been having some mixed reactions and arguments over how secure (having the actual s/w on a PC) is?
Our user is behind a Firewall, although I believe our network is relatively "open". Our Firewall guru, says not to worry aboutit (although, like myself, he would prefer not to have it); others have said there is so much crap on IE anyway (eg. popups, viruses) that nowadays, it's "no big deal". Indeed some have indicated MSN Instant messanger, etc, are more of a security risk.
We are currently moving to Active Directory, but as it stands we are mainly NT4 and Win2K Domains.
I think it is a "low" security risk, myself, given that the PC is not using a dial-up/modem, the s/w is only used for 30 mins a day, we have up to date anti virus s/w and an average Firewall. Any advice to make it extra secure, would be appreciated? Can allowences be made on the Firewall to make it beter...and any details here I would need? Can Hackers get through from AOL's interface...more so than through the regular IE and Netscape interfaces? Thanks.

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by subendedvexation In reply to AOL software on Network P ...

As far as using AOL 7.0, the only problems I have ever noticed from users is the proprietary adapter that comes with the install. We have users at my work that use AOL but strictly through our proxy server. We had an intrusion detected last year though AOL Instant Messanger and hence has been blocked:


Extended IP access list no-aim
deny ip any host 205.188.5.204
deny ip any host 205.188.5.208
deny ip any host 205.188.7.164
deny ip any host 205.188.7.168
deny ip anyhost 205.188.7.172
deny ip any host 205.188.7.176
deny ip any host 205.188.3.160
deny ip any host 205.188.3.176
permit ip any any (205366218 matches)

As far as hackers getting into AOL's interface....it's been done before.

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by ballyb In reply to AOL software on Network P ...

Thx. We don't have a Proxy yet, but will soon!

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by jewel0221 In reply to AOL software on Network P ...

I tend to agree with you that having AOL on the pc is a fairly "low" risk as long as you have a good firewall, and you keep your virus definitions up to date.

The biggest problem with AOL is that it is a MAJOR resource hog. If you are running a lot of applications on the network pc it can cause a lot of issues.

I would say if the only thing they want to use it for is because they like the layout of the internal IE on AOL, they can get used to using a regular IE browser.

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by ballyb In reply to AOL software on Network P ...

It is a resource hog. But it is only on One PC. Thx.

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