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Help needed with web content filtering

By remestre ·
Considering hardware options, such as Watchguard SOHO or SonicWALL SOHO firewalls, as well as software options such as Proxy-Pro Professional Gateway for a proxy server for our 24 user LAN using a T1. The objective is to be able to keep some users totally off the internet, and to deny other users access to certain types of internet sites such as porno, violence, etc., and ideally being able to check out a log showing how much time they have spent on browsing the internet and what sites were visited. Besides the firewall security benefit, the content filtering part is the most important thing I'm looking at. Any advice or information on how well each of these solutions work as efective filters?

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by James Goerke In reply to Help needed with web cont ...

As far as single user the watchdog program does a decent job. While no program can completely block everything it does get a lot of the content. I am unsure if Watchdog can block users completely. If you are considering a server based route then you can get yourself a nice proxy server and force your users to put in a userid/password every time they use the Internet, that would limit the Internet use to only users that you want to use the Internet and as far as the webcontent filtering I suggest websence. My company uses websence and its a bit overkill if you ask me but it gets everything, even some stuff that isnt objectional. But its better to be safe the sorry :-).

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web content filtering

by email In reply to Help needed with web cont ...

It looks like your on the right track by getting a hardware firewall. The real question is how advanced are your users? If your users are advanced there is not much you can do to stop them. You may slow them down but thats about it.

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