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Smarter Parental Controls

If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.



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Crack Proof -- In TidBITS-365, we noted the two-month "Crack A Mac" challenge being held in Sweden, offering a cash prize to anyone able to change the contents of a Web page running on a standard Mac OS Web server. The prize money eventually rose to over U.S. $13,000, but no one claimed the prize by the contest deadline of 10-Apr-97 - though not for lack of trying! The challenge's coordinators have posted a summary of the contest results and various break-in attempts made on the contest server, including some clever (and amusing) social-engineering attempts to make the contest coordinators to change the Web page themselves. [GD]


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