Unable to block Skype if user credentials are saved on a personal computer
- Article Number: 000003408
- Products: Web Security Gateway, Web Security Gateway Anywhere, Web Security and Web Filter, Websense Enterprise
- Version: 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.1, 7.0, 6.3, 6.2, 6.1
- Last Published Date: August 22, 2017
How can Skype be blocked if a user has saved their credentials on a personal computer and automatically logs in when connected to the Forcepoint network?
If a user has saved their logon credentials in the Skype logon dialog box, Forcepoint Web Security will not be able to block Skype.
For example, if a user is using a personal computer, that user can save their Skype password and set the application to start automatically. When the personal computer turns on in a Forcepoint-filtered network, the user will be able to connect to Skype automatically.
In order to prevent credentials from being saved, a registry entry must be placed on each client machine (enforceable via Active Directory group policy).
As a logon script, the registry key below may be deployed:
The two registry keys below, will force Skype users to use the Skype standard protocol, which aids Forcepoint in blocking the application: