Internet Filter Comparison

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Today, more companies are beginning to realize the need to monitor and filter the Internet activity that goes on in their organizations. As a result, there is quite a bit of Internet filtering software on the market today. But what features should you look for when making an Internet filter comparison?

Using an Internet Filter Comparison

Some software providers offer a larger number of categories to filter than others. How many keywords, file types, or specific URLs can you set the web filtering program to block or monitor? Can the user define this criteria? Right now the average number is about 40 to 45 categories, either predetermined or user defined.

Secondly, how much control do you have over when certain Internet content is accessed? A filtering program will allow you to enter the time of day when certain Internet content is acceptable to view.

Third, make sure you know what kind of reporting tools the web filtering software provides. Make sure the reports are clear, easy to read and understand, and comprehensive. Having software that automatically sends email reports to management is also helpful.

Your Backup Team

Last but not least, make sure you know what kind of customer support is available from the makers of the web filtering software you're thinking of buying. Keeping this in mind will allow you to make the right choice when you do your Internet filter comparison shopping.


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