Block / Filter Internet Access
Block or filter Internet access conveniently from a Central Console. Internet traffic can be blocked or filtered at both HTTP and HTTPS levels. BrowseControl restricts Internet access by computers or by users.
Allow or Deny URL Access
Enhance employee/student productivity by restricting surfing to work/school related sites only. Add the relevant sites to the Allowed List and the users’ browsing will be confined to these sites only. To allow access to all sites but the offensive ones (eg. games, adult sites etc) enforce the Blocked List.
URL Category Filtering
Extend your organization’s Internet access policies beyond the White (Allowed) and Black (Blocked) listing of URLs. CurrentWare’s extensive Category Filtering, comprising of a diverse listing of more than 100 URL categories provides the added control of managing website accessibility beyond the simple list of URLs.
From the central Console, administrators can instantly implement Internet restriction policies at the user or computer level. The laborious task of blocking millions of objectionable web sites is instantly facilitated by simply selecting categories to be blocked from a range of more than 100 URL Category filters.
Block Chats, Games or Offensive Applications
Eliminate the distractions from playing games or online chatting on common programs such as AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger etc.. BrowseControl blocks applications through the “Original Filename” which is an internal name that cannot be modified even if the exe name has been manipulated.
Port Filtering and Block File Downloads
Filtering options can be applied to block unwanted downloads of video, audio and exe formats. This provides the additional security of protecting your network from being infected by virus or suspicious files.
Port filtering can also be employed to restrict traffic on specific ports.
Offsite Internet Access Management
Ensure that your offsite users/systems are under the same protection as your onsite systems. Even if the systems are not connected to the BrowseControl server, the Internet and App Blocker security policies can be configured to apply to mobile users/laptops.
Internet Quota Limit
The Internet Quota feature provides employees access to the Internet for a specified amount of time each day. Users will have full access to the Internet during the allocated Quota time, except for those URLs listed in the Blocked list. Once the assigned Quota is used up, Internet access will be restricted to those sites in the Allowed List. The Internet Quota will not be available until the next day. The Quota time is assigned on a per computer or per user basis.
While Internet access is restricted to company authorized sites during work hours, you may want to allow users access to personal sites during non-work hours (e.g. at lunch time). Through the Scheduler assign times when users are allowed access to non-work related sites. These sites are pre-selected by the administrator/manager.
Install separate consoles in each department/classroom, to allow the mangers/teachers to manage their own individual employees/students. Each console can be configured to display only the users or workstations associated with the specific manager/teacher.
Computer or User based policies
Internet policies can be deployed at the User or Computer level. User based management controls an employee/student’s Internet access, based on their Windows login. So regardless of which workstation a user logins into, their Internet access policies will apply. Computer based control employs the BrowseControl policies at the Computer level, regardless of who logins into that workstation.
Remote Client Install
The client component of BrowseControl can be installed remotely through the following methods – (1) From the BrowseControl Console, (2) Active Directory deployment and(3) Third party software deployment software, such as Deployment Solution http://www.codework.com/express/product.html
Active Directory Integration
In User mode, individual users can be imported directly from Active Directory.
Improved Architecture for Console and Client
Introducing our new Console and Client with an enhanced design!
Now available on an even more powerful and robust common console, CurrentWare Console, the Internet filtering and monitoring policies of both BrowseControl and BrowseReporter can efficiently be administered through this common interface.
Terminal Server Compatibility
BrowseControl now support a Terminal Server environment. Internet access or web monitoring of thin clients can be administered by installing the new CurrentWare Server/Console and the CurrentWare Client on the Terminal Server.
The Internet Filtering Solution
BrowseControl is an easy to use Internet Control Software that restricts inappropriate surfing and enforces Internet usage policies across your network. Take Control of your network’s Internet access by using BrowseControl to:
• Completely block the Internet and only allow authorized websites to be visited (Control by Allowed List)
• Allow access to the Internet while blocking certain sites (Control by Blocked List and Category Filtering)
• Block your users from downloading specific file types (.exe, .zip and more)
• Enforce different Internet restriction policy on different computers or users
• Block applications from launching (games, chat, video and music player)
• Manage your entire network conveniently from a Central Console
Should you Filter Internet in your workplace?
The Internet, as with all great things, brings a range of problems along with the benefits. Problems like unproductive or personal browsing by employees or students, downloading malicious software, and bandwidth hogging are just a few of the endless challenges.
With BrowseControl you can greatly reduce or eliminate these challenges, allowing your employees to use the Internet to its full potential.
The cost of one single employee’s lost of productivity
from Internet distraction is roughly $2,350 per year
In addition to restricting Internet activity, BrowseControl includes an application blocker, which can block applications from running. With BrowseControl you can restrict users from running unauthorized programs such as games, chat programs, music/video players etc.
BrowseControl is remarkably easy to install and configure, making it a simple solution to a serious problem.
Block Websites with One Click
Control the Internet access of your employees or students with the comprehensive pre-defined URL category database. Covering more than 100 URL categories, administrators can easily block objectionable web sites through a diverse range of categories.
Category Filtering can be combined with the independent URL Allowed and Blocked lists, to provide a tighter Internet access policy across the enterprise. Ensure employee Internet usage is in accord with your business acceptance policies. From the central Console, administrators can instantly implement Internet restriction policies at the user or computer level. The laborious task of blocking millions of objectionable web sites is instantly facilitated by simply selecting categories to be blocked from a range of over 100 URL Category filters.
The CurrentWare Content Filtering Categories include:
|1||Abortion and pregnancy||Sites that talk about: pregnancy, abortion, pregnancy termination||No||No|
|2||Ads||Sites that serve ads, or are an ads agency.||Depends||Maybe|
|3||Adult||Sites that contain adult content, either graphically or in text.||No||Maybe|
|4||Adult dating||Sites that deal with adult dating (contains sexual content), or pickup and seduction.||No||Maybe|
|5||Alcohol||Sites that deal with Alcohol, this includes wine, winemaking and beer.||No||No|
|6||Astrology||Sites that deal with Astrology and various cold reading methods.||Yes||No|
|7||Blogs and Forums||Sites that are forums and/or blogs, mostly user generated content and reviews, if the content of the site is not safe, it will be in another category.||Yes||No|
|8||Books or comics||Sites that are about books or comics.||Yes||No|
|9||Business and services||Sites belonging to a business or a service provider that doesn’t fall under any of the other categories.||Yes||No|
|10||CDN||CDN Sites, they serve content of others.||Depends||Maybe|
|11||Chats||Sites that has online chats, or have chat applications.||Depends||No|
|12||Classifieds||Classifieds sites, second hand sales/services.||Yes||No|
|13||Clothing and fashion||Sites that are about clothing and fashion.||Yes||No|
|14||Cooking and food||Sites that are about cooking, food, and restaurants.||Yes||No|
|15||Dating||Sites that are about dating and marriage/couple advice.||No||No|
|16||Drugs||Sites that are about drugs.||No||Maybe|
|17||Education||Sites that belong to: schools, kinder gardens, colleges and universities, or offer online education.||Yes||No|
|18||Empty site||While scanning the site it didn’t return any result, which means site can’t be verified.||No||Maybe|
|19||Entertainment||Sites about: Celebrity, gossip, movie reviews, entertainment (gossip, celebs), magazines, may contain streaming media, does not contain downloadable media.||Yes||No|
|20||Error site can’t be accessed||While scanning the site there was an error, which means site can’t be verified.||No||Maybe|
|21||DNS error site can’t be resolved||Site can’t be resolved||No||Maybe|
|22||File hosting||Sites that allow users to host their files, files content isn’t verified (may contain nudity or warez).||Depends||Maybe|
|23||Finance and real estate||Sites that are about: Financial information, Banking, Insurance, Banks, Real estate, Investing, Stock exchange, Forex, Credit, business plans and models.||Yes||No|
|24||Gambling||Sites that have gambling games or gambling information (gambling addictions will be under health).||No||Maybe|
|25||Games and toys||Sites that are about Games or has Online games (some games can be violent like GTA), or toys related.||Depends||No|
|26||General||No known category, but considered safe||Yes||No|
|27||Government||Sites that belong to the government or municipality.||Yes||No|
|28||Hacking||Sites that are about hacking and cracking.||No||No|
|29||Hate||Sites that are about hate toward genders or race.||No||Maybe|
|30||Hobbies||Sites that are about various type of hobbies.||Yes||No|
|31||Home improvement||Sites about: home improvements, decorating and DIY sites.||Yes||No|
|32||Humor||Sites with jokes or humor related content.||Yes||No|
|33||Hunting and fishing||Sites that are about hunting and fishing.||Depends||No|
|34||Image and video hosting||Sites that give the ability go host images, videos and image/video search engine.||Mixed||Maybe|
|35||Jobs||Sites that are about: job offers, job search, freelancing.||Yes||No|
|36||Kids safe||Sites that are just for kids and are safe (sites added to this category is only after human review)||Yes||No|
|37||Legal||Sites that belong to lawyers and law firms, and sites that give legal advice or tips.||Yes||No|
|38||Life style and beauty||Sites that talk about life style, beauty, dieting, personal care, personal grooming and fashion.||Depends||Light|
|39||Link farm||Sites that has no value and contain various links that will generate the owner money, may contain pornography.||Danger||Maybe|
|40||Local||Sites about local information (city information, state information)||Yes||No|
|41||Medical||Sites that talk about medical and health information.||Yes||No|
|42||Military||Sites with .mil or military related||Depends||No|
|43||Mixed adult||Sites that have mixed content, some safe and some not, this category can be treated for age 16+.||No||Yes|
|44||Mobile||Sites that are about mobile devices and does not fit in any other category.||Yes||No|
|45||Models||Sites that contains images and information about: models, models agency.||Depends||Light|
|46||Music||Sites that are about music, lyrics, bands, musical instruments, may contain music download.||Yes||No|
|47||News and magazines||News, weather, magazines and newspaper sites.||Depends||No|
|48||General – not porn||Exact match could not be found, but it’s not porn.||Depends||Maybe|
|49||Not safe||No category found for site, but site was found to be not safe, usually because it uses “shady” advertisement that has unsafe content.||No||Maybe|
|50||Online drugs||Sites that offer to sell drugs like Viagra, pain killers, narcotics, steroids.||No||Maybe|
|51||Online marketing||Sites that offer online marketing, email marketing services or web analytics.||Yes||No|
|52||Online video or audio||Sites that has streaming audio and video, will not contain porn sites, but some content may still be inappropriate, for example youtube.com||Depends||Maybe|
|53||Pets and aninals||Sites that talk about pets and animals||Yes||No|
|54||Phishing||Sites that contain phishing and other content that is scam based.||Danger||Maybe|
|55||Politics||Sites that are political opinion, politics, politics news, and protests.||Depends||No|
|56||Porn||Sites that contain pornographic content.||No||Yes|
|57||Portals||Sites that are portals or magazines that may contain number of categories (some may be related to fashion or intimate apparel)||Depends||Maybe|
|58||Profanity||Sites that contain profanity||Depends||Maybe|
|59||Proxy||Sites that contain proxy information to bypass web filters and other sorts of surfing limitations.||No||No|
|60||Religion||Sites that about religion, spirituality and religion practices.||Yes||No|
|61||Safe||No category found for site, but site was found to be safe.||Yes||No|
|62||Science||Sites that are about science and mathematics.||Yes||No|
|63||Search engines||Search engines sites, search result may contain unsafe content, and software vendor needs to handle it.||Depends||Maybe|
|64||Sects||Sites that are about sects and cults.||No||Maybe|
|65||Semi nude and pin up||Site that are about intimate fashion and apparel but in context of the images rather then shopping for them, also celebrity gossip with high percent of underwear and swimwear, this category can be treated for age 16+.||No||Maybe|
|66||Sex education and sexuality||Sites that talk about sex educations and sexuality.||Depends||Maybe|
|67||Shopping||Shopping and online auctions sites.||Yes||No|
|68||Social networks||Sites that offer social networks service, may contain unsafe content, and software vendor needs to handle it.||Depends||Maybe|
|69||Spam or scam||Sites that has no value, or trying to con the user.||Danger||Maybe|
|70||Sports||Sports site, contains also Martial arts sites.||Yes||No|
|71||Suicide||Sites that talk about suicide, suicide prevention or suicide prevention.||No||No|
|72||Technology and computers||Sites that about: technology, computers and not under the other categories.||Yes||No|
|73||Site under construction or not available||Sites that are under construction or returned an error response when checked.||No||Maybe|
|74||Unknown||Site content is unknown||Depends||Maybe|
|75||URL shortner||URL redirection or shortneres service sites.||Depends||You need to verify target URL|
|76||Vacation and travel||Sites that talk about: travel, vacations and holidays.||Yes||No|
|77||Vehicles||Sites that talk about: cars, boats, planes, bikes.||Yes||No|
|78||Violence||Sites that contain violent content or extreme profanity.||No||Yes|
|79||Virus infected||Sites that are infected with viruses.||Danger||Maybe|
|80||Warez||Sites that contain: torrents, warez, software cracks, watch series and movie online without payment, warez sites may offer porn for download.||Depends||Maybe|
|81||Weapons||Sites that talk and/or sell: weapons, guns, knives, body armor, tactical gear, survival gear, etc, and army memorabilia.||No||No|
|82||Web hosting||Site belongs to web hosting companies||Yes||No|
|83||Web mail||Sites that offer web mail services.||Depends||Content isn’t checked|
|84||Reference||Dictionary, maps, translation, general information sites.||Yes||No|
|85||Community and society||Sites about: parenting, charity, community, motivational speakers, relationships, and personal coaches.||Yes||No|
|86||Software||Legal software download sites.||Yes||No|
|87||Philosophy and psychology||Sites about Philosophy and psychology.||Yes||No|
|88||History||Sites about historical events and figures.||Yes||No|
|89||Nonsense and time waste||Sites that are directories to humor, memes, movies and pictures that are mostly time waste and viral jokes, some sites will have a secondary category of Semi nude or Mixed nude because of their content.||Maybe||Maybe|
|90||Local IP||Local IPs can’t be classified.||Maybe||Maybe|
|91||Swimsuits and underwear||Sites that sell or talk about swimsuits and underwear, these sites contain images of people wearing them.||Maybe||Maybe|
|92||Arts||Sites about: arts, paintings.||Yes||No|
|93||Actors and models||This category appears only when filtering search results in case it is classifieds as an actor/model.||Maybe||Maybe|
|94||Login page||This page or site is part of a login or user management.||Maybe||Maybe|
|95||Surveys and polls||Website that offer surveys and polls services.||Yes||No|
|96||Tobacco||Sites that are about tobacco, smoking and cigarettes.||No||Maybe|
|97||ISP||ISP sites, also maybe combined hosting/ISP site.||Yes||No|
|98||Tracker||Sites that are tracking user behavior (web analytics).||Yes||No|
|99||Bypass protection||Sites that are used to bypass parental controls software and components.||No||Maybe|
|100||Search block||Used for search phrases only, this indicates the search should be blocked.||Maybe||Maybe|
|101||Image block||Used for search results only, the sites may host bad images, usually an image hosting site.||Maybe||Maybe|
|102||Desktop themes||Sites that offer: Screensavers, desktop themes, e cards, greeting cards.||Yes||No|
|103||Depress domain||Sites that are about obituaries.||Maybe||No|
|104||Depress page||Will only appear at page level classification, it indicates bad news (crime, disaster, violence).||Maybe||No|
|105||Parenting and family||Sites that talk about parenting, may have parts which relates to sex education.||Maybe||No|
|106||School cheats||Sites that offer ready made works for students, or custom work.||Maybe||No|
|107||Celebrity gossip||Sites that are about celebrity gossip, if contains nudity, it will come with an additional category that indicates it.||Maybe||Maybe|
|108||How to||Sites that are user generated content with “How to” guides, if contains adult content, it will come with an additional category that indicates it.||Maybe||Maybe|
|109||Illegal||Sites that offer illegal products like fake IDs, diplomas, etc (sites for drugs, warez, weapons are under their own category).||No||Maybe|
NOTE: Category Filtering is a paid add-on to BrowseControl. An annual subscription is required to use this service