Help with Computers

Step-by-step instructions for setting up controls and restrictions.

Turn Off Private Browsing

Incognito Mode on Google Chrome

Please note: These instructions require you to make changes to your computer's registry. If you don't feel comfortable with this, please get professional assistance.

  1. In the search box on the bottom of your desktop, type: regedit
  2. Click Run Command when it pops up (Say Yes to Registry Editor)
  3. In the box that opens, open registry location HKEY_Local_Machine and open it by clicking the >
  4. Open \SOFTWARE by clicking >
  5. Open Policies by clicking >
  6. Open Google by clicking >
  7. Click on Chrome
  8. If there is no Google\Chrome folder in the Policies folder, create one using steps 9 - 13:
  9. Right click on Policies folder
  10. Choose New and select Key
  11. Name the new Key Google
  12. Create another key by right clicking on Google folder
  13. Name this key Chrome
  14. Once done, right click on Chrome folder
  15. Select New, then DWORD (32-bit) Value
  16. A new line will appear in the box on the right, name it IncognitoModeAvailability
  17. Then, double click it
  18. In the box that opens, in the Value box, type 1
  19. Choose Hexadecimal
  20. Click OK
  21. Close all windows and restart your computer.
  22. When you open the Google Chrome browser, the option for Incognito browsing should be gone.

InPrivate on Microsoft Edge

Please note: These instructions require you to make changes to your computer's registry. If you don't feel comfortable with this, please get professional assistance.

 

  1. In the search box on the bottom of your desktop, type: gpedit.msc
  2. Local Group Policy Editor opens
  3. Go to Computer Configuration, then Administrative Templates, then Windows Components, then Microsoft Edge by double clicking each folder
  4. Double-click Allow InPrivate browsing
  5. Click Disable, then Apply, then OK
  6. The InPrivate option will no longer show

Block Images

Chrome

Sign into your Chrome browser

  1. Click the 3 vertical dots on the very top right of your Chrome browser, choose Settings from the menu that pops up
  2. Click Settings on the top left of the screen, and choose Advanced
  3. Choose Privacy and Security
  4. Click Content Settings
  5. Click Images, turn off Show All
  6. ALL images will be blocked in the browser

Firefox

  1. Open the Firefox browser
  2. In the address bar, type about:config and hit Enter
  3. Click I Accept in the pop up box (Note: if you are not comfortable with this, ask a professional for help.)
  4. Enter permissions.default.image in the search box at the top of the page
  5. Double click permissions.default.image and change the value to 2 and click OK
  6. All images will be blocked from the browser

At this time is it not possible to block images on IE/MS Edge.

Turn off the webcam

Windows

  1. Click the Windows start button to bring up the menu (very bottom left, looks like Windows logo)
  2. Click the setting gear icon that pops up in the menu
  3. Type "webcam" in the search field at the top of the box, choose Camera privacy settings
  4. Under Camera access for this device is on, click Change
  5. Click the radial button to turn OFF
  6. No applications on the computer will have access to the camera.

Mac

  1. It's difficult to turn off the built-in webcam (called iSight) on a Mac without going into the computer's registry
  2. Consider a third-party app to be alerted when the camera is turned on

Quick tip: For any computer, put a piece of tape over the camera lens, usually found on the top/center of the screen. (You can also put tape over the microphones!)

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