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Web filtering - is it all "poor"??

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Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 15.Apr.2003 12:06:00 PM   

Evaluating web filtering and management - and so far tried Surf Control 4.2 and Orangebox 2.x

Our criteria is:-
* Block certain catagories (porn, webmail)
* Block downloads of .exe, .zip etc
* proactive alerts (via SMTP) of any breach of policy
* Reporting (BASIC ONLY) for top users; top catagories; catagories/user etc.

- OB can't do #3 or #4
- After 2 weeks SC has 40% "none" catagory. e.g. www.xxx.com is "porn", and www7.xxx.com is "unknown". (made up example - but you know what I mean!)
- Neither can do EXE blocking. They can block URLs with .EXE in, but many download sites have some form of script that launches the download without the .EXE being sent as part of the URL.

So the question is - is there anything out there that can perform this most basic (!?) of roles??
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RE: Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 22.Apr.2003 9:14:00 PM   


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I don't have any experience with SurfControl 4.2, just 4.1. You can block downloading of applications by creating content rules. You can also categorize the "None" group with the Virtual Control Agent. Supposedly this does the trick...again, haven't tested it.

Dana Hallenbeck

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RE: Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 24.Apr.2003 7:32:00 PM   


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take a look at websense. very flexible and it works very well

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RE: Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 28.Apr.2003 6:45:00 PM   
Websense has been evaluated and ruled out. Doesn't have any SMTP alerting.

Good at blocking -yes - but thats only 1/2 the game

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RE: Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 28.Apr.2003 7:10:00 PM   


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N2H2 Has been pretty good for our School District's network. I believe they have a 30 Day evaluation and one of the largest Internet Category Database.

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RE: Web filtering - is it all "poor"?? - 28.Apr.2003 7:21:00 PM   
You might also try DynaComm ifilter: http://www.futuresoft.com/

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