How to See What Websites Have Been Visited on a Network on a Mac

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How to See What Websites Have Been Visited on a Network on a Mac
The process to monitor websites being visited on your Mac's network is user friendly. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

With Mac computers you can create various user accounts on the same machine. This enables different people to access the network using their own username and password. As the network administrator it is important to be able to manage your network. For example if you have children you can monitor the websites they visit to protect them from exposure to unsuitable Web content and to ensure that they don't develop inappropriate browsing habits. With the Mac operating system called Snow Leopard, you can accomplish this swiftly by enabling parental controls through the System Preferences pane.

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Things you need

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Administrator rights

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  1. 1

    Launch the System Preferences window by clicking on its corresponding icon displayed on the dock at the bottom of your screen.

  2. 2

    Open the Accounts pane by clicking on the "Accounts" icon displayed on the System Preferences window. The list of user accounts that are using the network in your Mac computer will be displayed on the left side of the pane.

  3. 3

    Click on the user account you want to monitor or control and then click the "Open Parental Controls" tab. Click the "Enable Parental Controls" button. Thereafter click the lock icon located on the bottom-left corner of the window to confirm that you are the administrator. Repeat this process for every user account that you want to monitor or control.

  4. 4

    Monitor the websites that have been visited on your Mac's network. To accomplish this go to the Accounts pane, click on any of the user accounts for which you enabled parental controls, and then click the tab that says "Logs." Click the "Websites Visited" option displayed on the left side, beneath where it says "Log Collections." The list of websites the account user has visited will be displayed. You can view the website every user has visited by following these same steps.

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