System and methodology for managing internet access on a per application basis for client computers connected to the internet

  • US 5,987,611 A
  • Filed: 05/06/1997
  • Issued: 11/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/31/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a system comprising a plurality of client computers connected to a network and having Internet access, a method for managing Internet access for a particular client computer, the method comprising:

  • providing at the particular client computer a client monitoring process;

    providing at another computer on the network a supervisor process, said supervisor process specifying rules which govern Internet access by the client computers;

    transmitting at least a subset of said rules to the particular client computer;

    at the client monitoring process, trapping a request for Internet access from the particular client computer; and

    processing the request for Internet access by performing substeps of;

    (i) determining whether the request for Internet access violates any of the rules transmitted to the particular client computer, and(ii) if the request for Internet access violates any of the rules transmitted to the particular client computer, denying the request for Internet access.

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