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    Sophos Web Appliance

    Has anyone else experience of the Sophos Web Appliance for web filtering?

    I've got one on evaluation and so far I can't believe how many proxy sites its letting through - even with the policies set to block them it lets through a good few!

    I can't believe its that bad for a coporate product - unless I'm missing something

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    Hi Sheridan,

    Until I left the college, last year, I was responsible for the Sophos Web and Email appliances. I have to say that I never had any problems with the proxys' getting through. I do remember spending a good few hours setting everything up though so that we were locked down. It was always a nice feeling to go into a room and hear the students complaining that they could no longer get through to Facebook, etc!

    I think that, like most things, if you spend the time on getting it just right....it'll be worth it!

    *I am not employed by sophos, nor do I have any connection to them! We use symantec where I work now!

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    Hmm, but I have an evaluation box set up to block Proxy/Translators and straight away I went to glype proxy and it worked perfectly! That site was categorised as Business by Sophos (Business is allowed for staff) so its failed to recognise the proxy site. I have the Dynamic Categorization enabled but still a simple google search found 4 glype type of sites that worked!

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    test it against megaproxylist.com

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    Get a smoothwall - blocked them 99.9% of the time out of the box

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Get a smoothwall - blocked them 99.9% of the time out of the box
    Well, we were running smoothwall - and have decided to stay with it/upgrade. The sophos appliance was a joke - googling for 'glype proxy' found 10 working ones in a shockingly quick time - even with all the rules etc set to block.

    So its hello again to smoothwall....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Hi Sheridan,

    Until I left the college, last year, I was responsible for the Sophos Web and Email appliances. I have to say that I never had any problems with the proxys' getting through. I do remember spending a good few hours setting everything up though so that we were locked down. It was always a nice feeling to go into a room and hear the students complaining that they could no longer get through to Facebook, etc!

    I think that, like most things, if you spend the time on getting it just right....it'll be worth it!

    *I am not employed by sophos, nor do I have any connection to them! We use symantec where I work now!
    Agreed, we have Sophos here but not the actual appliance. After a couple of hours configuring its spot on.

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    Agree on the setup may not have been correct or it was not updated from factory as we had one and it worked fine and as good as any other.

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    It was updated, configured and discussed with sophos themselves, who reported the behaviour as normal and that the 'rogue' sites would need adding to a blacklist manually.

    Give it a try on your sophos box - you might find like I did that some of the glype ones were classified as 'business' and therefore let through



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