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  • Web Filtering Which way to go????

    Hi All, looking for some advise & Wisdom on web filtering

    Need to block Adult and other unwanted content, along with safe searching

    Currently use Sonicwall TZ190 using the VPN to link all sites for server updates, yearly updates for Premium Filtering seem excessive though, bordering on daylight robbery!!

    Works OK, but doesnt Safesearch, IE: if someone searchs for adult content in Google images then the thumbnails are shown, although clicking on them is blocked

    Whats the best solution that you guys are using out there??

    Been looking at:-
    Zywal USG100
    Dlink DFL-260
    Watchguard - Not sure on this one??

    What else is there or maybe a software option

    Thanks in advance

    Phil.....

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    Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

    Clark Connect is a cheap option. http://www.clarkconnect.com/
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    • #3
      Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

      I have used SmoothWall products in the past. They seem to now have an open source project for it but never used it. There is a link to the paid version from the site.

      http://www.smoothwall.org/

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      • #4
        Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

        I heard a while back (things could have changed since then) that Smoothwall Pro (the for pay version) can be out-done by the open-source IPCop with it's plethora of plug-ins. Bart, look into IPCop and SquidCash and/or DansGuardian (which is actually developed by SmoothWall Ltd.)
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        • #5
          Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

          A software option would be Trend Micro's IWSS, have just started using it and appears to quite good.

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          • #6
            Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

            You could try OpenDNS if you want something that doesn't require hardware or software.

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            • #7
              Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

              Originally posted by Bart586 View Post
              Hi All, looking for some advise & Wisdom on web filtering

              Need to block Adult and other unwanted content, along with safe searching

              Currently use Sonicwall TZ190 using the VPN to link all sites for server updates, yearly updates for Premium Filtering seem excessive though, bordering on daylight robbery!!

              Works OK, but doesnt Safesearch, IE: if someone searchs for adult content in Google images then the thumbnails are shown, although clicking on them is blocked

              Whats the best solution that you guys are using out there??

              Been looking at:-
              Zywal USG100
              Dlink DFL-260
              Watchguard - Not sure on this one??

              What else is there or maybe a software option

              Thanks in advance

              Phil.....
              Sonicwalls can do this with the Content Security Management appliance. Its a policy based web filter. The TZ190 is a soho router. Not sure off the top of my head if its supported on that device but you may want to check what ROM BIOS your using and check your Mysonicwall login to see if theres an update that contains the CSM for the content filtering on the 190. What version of the OS are you using? Enhanced or standard?

              Addtionally go to the link below. Its a live demo of most of Sonicwalls products. It includes the CSM3200 series for web flitering. You may find it useful for understanding precisely what you require from the appliance as well as getting used to the web interface.

              http://livedemo.sonicwall.com/livedemo.html
              Last edited by scurlaruntings; 28th May 2009, 11:44.

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              • #8
                Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

                Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
                You could try OpenDNS if you want something that doesn't require hardware or software.
                How do you use OpenDNS for web filtering? I often use them for name resolution but i wasnt aware they did any web filtering.

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                • #9
                  Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

                  Its a relatively new feature:
                  http://www.opendns.com/solutions/overview/
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                  • #10
                    Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

                    Originally posted by Nonapeptide View Post
                    I heard a while back (things could have changed since then) that Smoothwall Pro (the for pay version) can be out-done by the open-source IPCop with it's plethora of plug-ins. Bart, look into IPCop and SquidCash and/or DansGuardian (which is actually developed by SmoothWall Ltd.)
                    IPcop is built off the smoothwall Kernel.There essentially one and the same thing except differing GUI's. Smoothwall also do a FOSS alternative. You'll find Smoothwall's OS version is superior to IPCop which is quite basic.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Web Filtering Which way to go????

                      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
                      Its a relatively new feature:
                      http://www.opendns.com/solutions/overview/
                      Good stuff. Cheers for the link.

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