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Removing Web access from Firefox

Security expert James Turnbull recommends Web resources describing how to access the HTML functionality of Web browsers without allowing Web access.

I am a network administrator for a state's department of corrections. We have need to have present an HTML reader or offline browser for use by inmates. Our security policies do not allow the users to access the Internet directly. We are looking for an open source solution (Firefox?) but need help in understanding how to toggle certain fuctionality off or hiding it from user views and access. (most drop down menus, most dialoge boxes, etc). I found an article partially describing accessing config and working with preferences but need more detailed info.

I found a couple of applications that might work -- see NavRoad HTML Viewer, for example. As to customizing Firefox, I would suggest Corporate Firefox and the articles at this In-cider knowledge blog posting and this posting on Group Policy Extension for Firefox 1.x.

This was first published in August 2006

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