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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Used to use Bloxx (when they were Packet Dynamics) and they charged us 4700 a year for a service that had less funtionality than the Censornet (which uses Dansguardian) stuff we now use that cost us nothing!

    The cost of the physical device itself was also seriously steep for what amounted to a Gigabyte motherboard with low end AMD processor and two 80gb HDs.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    we went for SmartFilter by Secure Computing. Nice clean and runs on top of ISA...

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    We use something called Jana server. It's freeware and has done a great job for our school. Easy install on a simple XP box if you so wish.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Whilst looking at filtering here myself I have also taken a different approach with the KS2 classes.

    Rather than telling them they cannot visit websites / chat sites etc I demonstrated the 15 suite computers through tightVNC, re-sized them to fit on the screen and displayed it to the class so they could see each computer in use, real time.

    Since seeing that we can observe any computer in the school at any time we have seen a marked decrease in the usage of inappropriate sites.
    It has in fact become a talking point between myself and the pupils, and seems to have stuck.

    Not in any way dismissing filters (I still think we need one), but certainly has worked in my case.

    Nathan

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Nathan - being able to view user-attributable realtime logging of web access is roughly equivalent and less network intensive Maybe more should be made of what "big brother" can do - might put em off playing games all through double maths (do they have double maths any more?!)

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton
    Maybe more should be made of what "big brother" can do
    Exactly, in this case I used a tool that is on the network already to allow me to support without having to log off other users (as remote desktop does).

    Empowering the students to do the right thing, and showing the capabilities of 'big brother' has done far more than a negative No No No approach. I don't have tome to sit and watch / check up on what they are doing. But they done know that!

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    Block flash and shockwave apart from whitelisted sites. Ban keywords free games etc, Java games. This then means theres less java and PHP game sites for you to ban .

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    I'll throw SurfControl's hat into the ring then, very attractive pricing for education. The best reporting in the industry, they protect over 500,000 in the public sector. They have Url filtering(22 million url's catagorized) and web virus scanning.

    Can purchase a appliance, server solution or in the cloud solution.

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    We use Censornet, the software is free (linux) and you can subscribe to their blcaklist update for £100 per year (this updates the blacklist every night). It is easy to set up and an efficient package, it is rather like playing god and the kids hate it! Nearly as much as Lan School our classroom management software.
    The only problem we have is that their forum has been down for months, I suppose it is a good way to get people to pay for support.

    www.censornet.com

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    Re: How to Control Internet Browsing

    monkeyx: How do you find SawMill? It's something I often hear people bitching about (certain filters don't have their own report engines) - and in fact few people actually seem to use it. IME its not a bad package though.

    We're heading for a fully integrated reporting approach, based on a RDBMS in our next generation though - only way we can achieve all that we want, and all that our users require.

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    We use SARG here.

    http://sarg.sourceforge.net/

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