In article , Jameseee wrote: :Is there any way to block access to all web-based e-mail accounts or do they :need to be blocked individually?
They might be http or https accesses to regular web servers, and there is no common protocol by which one can tell whether a particular page is accessing email or not.
There are definitional problems involved: is a 'blog' a "web-based email account" ? Is google groups when one is not logged in? Google groups when one -has- logged in?
:I guess I need to block access to Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, Bell South, :Comcast. Will this block the various messenger services as well?
No, the IM services sometimes use different net numbers, hosts, or ports. Some of them, such as Skype, are aggressive in searching out ports that are not blocked by the local firewall.
It is not easy to untangle hotmail and microsoft's instant messenger service from other microsoft services. One can block the Passport login pages that they have in common, but that blocks more than just hotmail and MSN, and at various times I have found microsoft interleaving other useful pages into the IP range used by the Passport login -- KnowledgeBase, downloads, MSN's [TV] news...