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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 GuruOfDos In reply to AOL software on Network P ...

AOL is no more risky than any other system using instant messaging (Yahoo,MSN, etc). Obviously you are using LAN rather than dialup to connect AOL. I used to work in a retail environment where technical centres in store had a PC connected via the EPOS network allowing internet access via head office. Head office installed a firewall and used this to 'exclude' access to certain sites that they felt we were not allowed to access, i.e. sports results, porn and other non-work related sites. We wereonly supposed to access the corporate intranet, and external sites were supposed to be product related, that is, we could access hardware sites, manufacturers sites, newsgroups and drivers sites. I found that because AOL uses it's own 'gateway', sites that were otherwise restricted could be accessed via AOL. AOL masks IP addresses, so even though a particular IP address may have been blocked by the firewall, AOL's method of retrieving sites bypasses that method. Because of this, access to external sites otherwise blocked by the firewall is going to be your biggest security issue!

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

I didn't think of the masking of IP addreses. Thx.

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

I use www.aol.com at work on my network pc to access my home email. It doesn't install anything and has full aol access. I see no reason to install the full program unless you just have to see the ads ; ).

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