Web Content Filtering Software

Written by Michael O'Brien
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By now, you may have reached the point when it's time to purchase the actual web content filtering software you'll need to monitor and control web activity in your organization. Before you make your decision, be sure to take into account what the software has to offer.

Choosing the Right Web Content Filtering Software

How much filter control does the software you're thinking of purchasing provide? The more the better, but flexibility is crucial too. Filtering out web pages with words like "Porn" or "MP3" in the URL is a good place to start. Maybe employees in your company are accessing other specific sites which are just as bad. Software that has the flexibility to allow you to define your filtering criteria is an important feature to look for.

Web content filters should also report what sites are being accessed and when. This way, you know where the people in your company are going, and when they're going there. You can then choose to block access to that content altogether, or determine a time of day when access to certain web pages is allowed.

Determine Your Organization's Needs

Whether you are a business whose productivity may be affected, or a school that has to monitor and prevent access to offensive or illegal content, it's important to take into account what exactly your web content filtering software requirements will be, both now, and in the future.

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