I'd ask for a shortcut - "Make everything secure"
Why, is having a shortcut on the desktop less secure?
I can't see how that is any different from one click on the firewall icon in the system tray and then a second click on the big red stop button that most firewalls provide for when you need to completely block internet access. The only difference is the time you spent setting up your shortcuts.
You may be right, but I haven't taken any time to look and see what AVG Internet Security Suite has for disabling the internet connection.
This is actually going to be my wife's computer and sometimes things that are simple right there on the desktop end up working best.
We've been having a problem of late with her just leaving her current computer connected to the internet 24/7.... but, what can you do?
You could get a cheap workgroup ethernet switch and plug it's power into a power strip with an on-off switch. Locate the power switch where you can reach it, then just turn the juice off when you want to disconnect your network without pulling any cables.
"If you ain't the lead dog, the view is always the same - Anon
Hadn't thought of that...didn't know ethernet switches had power supplies
I'll have to look in to that...thanks for the idea!
I use Panda Global Protection as my firewall and anti-virus program, the firewall side of it has an area where you can specify what type of connect each program can make (inbound only, outbound only, both ways or no access), it can even be set to what ports and IP address they can use. Have a look through the firewall settings for the firewall software that your using, you may have a similar option