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The range of content control filtering software available is incredible. It can also be confusing. Software for controlling access to the Internet can be browser-based, app-based, ISP-based, server-based or DNS-based. If you have only just started looking at the options for controlling Internet access, you have our sympathy. You also have our help.
The best Internet content control filtering software will largely depend on your individual circumstances. If you are a parent wanting to control what your child can access on a single home computer or smartphone, you are best served by browser-based or app-based content control filtering software. These solutions are inappropriate for multiple devices because they have to be configured individually - a criticism that also applies to hardware options for controlling Internet access.
ISP-based software for controlling access to the Internet is limited to certain countries and under the voluntary control of the service providers - or the governments of countries in which Internet censorship is practiced. Therefore, if you are a business or an organization looking at your options for controlling Internet access by employees, customers or guests, then server-based or DNS-based content control filtering software will likely be the most appropriate solution.
Server-based content control filtering software and DNS-based software for controlling access to the Internet works in a similar way. The only difference between the two is that server-based software is installed as a gateway behind your firewall, whereas DNS-based solutions are hosted in the cloud and require a simple redirection of your DNS to implement. Once implemented, both options for controlling Internet access are configured and maintained via a browser-based administration portal.
The key features to consider when evaluating content control filtering software for business are compatibility, scalability and flexibility. Typically, cloud-hosted software for controlling access to the Internet is universally compatible, while most content control filtering software for business is infinitely scalable. Businesses simply purchase a license to use the software or cloud-hosted service based on the number of end-users that will be connected to the options for controlling Internet access.
Flexibility is important. Most software for controlling access to the Internet checks each request to visit a website against a blacklist of websites known to harbor malware. However, in addition to blocking online threats, your organization may want to block additional types of website to enforce acceptable use policies and prevent “cyberslacking”. This can be done with category filters - that block access to certain categories of website - and keyword filters that fine-tune the parameters of the category filters.
TitanHQ offers three options for controlling Internet access. The first is our server-based content control filtering software - WebTitan Gateway. WebTitan Gateway is a robust solution offering best of breed malware protection, highly granular category and keyword filters. It also has a comprehensive suite of reporting options in order for administrators to identify risks and requests that have been blocked, as well as any attempts to circumnavigate the filtering parameters.
WebTitan Cloud and WebTitan Cloud for WiFi are both DNS-based options for controlling Internet access - the second of the two options more suitable for larger organizations that provide a networked WiFi facility. The cloud-based content control filtering software has the same degree of granularity as WebTitan Gateway, allows for real-time activity viewing, and also reports on browsing trends - a useful feature if your business is in the retail or catering industries.
All three options for controlling Internet access allows you to create and enforce different policies for different user-groups. For example, if your business ran a hotel, you might wish to block your employees from visiting social media sites during working hours, but would not wish to enforce such a restriction on your customers and guests. Our software for controlling access to the Internet is so flexible that you can actually allow your marketing department to access your corporate Facebook page, but prevent the use of web applications such as Facebook Chat.
There are many advantages of implementing content filtering control software. As well as mitigating the risks from online threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing, you can control access to non-work related browsing activities and inappropriate websites that your customers and guests may not wish to be exposed to. In order for you to experience the advantages of our software for controlling access to the Internet, we invite you to try it for free for thirty days.
Our invitation consists of a fully-enabled Internet filtering solution - whichever of our three options for controlling Internet access is most suitable for your business - with full customer and technical support. Setting up the trial period takes just a matter of minutes, and there is no obligation on you to continue using our software for controlling access to the Internet once the trial period has concluded. To register for your free trial, or to discuss any questions you have about content control filtering software, contact the TitanHQ Sales Team today.
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