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I have been tasked with blocking access to certain sites at our workplace. We are not allowing all the usual suspects; faceache, bebo, myspace, twitter etc.

Any ideas how to get around the issue of blocking 'google+' without blocking the google search engine?

We use either keyword or domain blocking.

asked 11/26/2011 09:32

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Are you able to block just "plus.google.com" ?
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nativevlan

I would suggest you try just blocking access to the google+ web server IP address.

209.85.229.113

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answered 2011-11-27 at 05:43:06

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CharlWiehahn

The url it uses is:
https://plus.google.com/up/start/?continue=https://plus.google.com/?tab%3DwX&type=st&gpcaz=566d73

So I would have though a keyword exclusion using 'plus.google' would have sorted it, but it appears not to. Also the IP exclusion does not seem to work either.

It may be time to look for a better router with some more flexible exclusion policy criteria although as it's a small site (ten users), justifying the cost of new hardware to curb surfing social media is going to be tricky when it already excludes the worst culprits (e.g. faceache and twitter)
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answered 2011-11-27 at 05:45:18

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splanton

The IP exclusion should certainly work.  What router are you using, exactly, and PRECISELY what are you doing to attempt to exclude the IP (and while you're at it, the keywords)?

(That is, please tell us not, "I am blocking the ip address," but, "I go to this page on the router, and check these boxes, and hit save...")

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answered 2011-11-27 at 07:09:56

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akahan

The router I am using is a netgear DGN1000 (not the most professional bit of kit but my customer had internet issues and the ISP inisted they use their router rather than the nice bit of Cisco kit we had!), anyway moving back to the plot...

I can stop facebook and twitter simply by using those words in the exclusion clause on the router but when I try 'plus.google' as an exclusion the google plus pages turn up as usual.

As you can see from the link shown below the phrase 'plus.google' crops up in the url twice;
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https://plus.google.com/up/start/?continue=https://plus.google.com/?tab%3DwX&type=st&gpcaz=668f8fd3


This is the sign in page url for google plus is slightly more obtuse;
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https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=oz&continue=https://plus.google.com/?tab%3DwX%26gpcaz%3D668f8fd3&ltmpl=gposl920&hl=en-GB


Iv'e tried pinging the usrl to get the ip and blocking that but to no avail.

It would seem that by creating a seamless user experience google has made it a right royal pain in the wotsit to stop sys-admins exclusivly blocking the social media side of things...
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answered 2011-11-27 at 22:35:22

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splanton

PS. I am using the 'block sites page on the router, which allows the addition of domains, IP addresses or keywords as criteria for exclusion.

Like I say , I have this working fine for most social media but google with it's integrated approach is wearing a bit thin.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 10:26:23

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splanton

Another noteworthy point. Google uses https rather than http Is it possible this is having an affect on the router ability to screen sites?
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answered 2011-11-28 at 10:28:54

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splanton

Rather than plus.google , have you tried plus.google.com ?
You don't have your own LAN IP address  (from which you're testing) listed as a "trusted IP address," do you?

And you're right, https could be the problem.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 10:32:08

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akahan

Hi splanton,

I take it you are using the Security > Block Sites section on your router interface to try and block google.

Try adding the following entries:

Never -> www.google.com
Always -> *.google.com

You might need to swop the entries around depending on what order your router applies these blocks.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 11:28:28

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CharlWiehahn

Looks like https: is the issue here. Thanks google.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 15:16:09

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