Web Content Filter Software

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Before you buy web content filter software, make sure you review what the software has to offer. Compare it to other products that offer the same services.

Picking Web Content Filter Software That's Right for You

Control is the key. Basically, how many categories of content can you filter? Obviously, the more the better. Also, can the user define the categories? Filtering out web pages with words like "Nude" or "XXX" in the URL is a good place to start. But maybe employees in your company are accessing other specific sites. Having user-defined filtering criteria is important.

But how do you know which sites are being accessed? Web content filtering software should also report what sites are being visited and when. This way, you know where users in your company are going, and when. Does the web content filter software you are planning to buy give you these options?

Different Needs for Different Organizations

Whether you are a business whose productivity may be affected by certain Internet usage or a school that has to monitor and prevent access to offensive content, it's important to consider what exactly your web filtering requirements will be, both now, and in the future. Again, do your homework. In the end, it's up to you to determine what your company or organization's web filtering needs will be.

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