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    What Web Filtering Software does everyone use?

    What Web Filtering Software does everyone use? The reason I ask is that the school I work for uses Censornet and that crashes more often than Stevie Wonder driving a dodgem.

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    Free or paid-for?

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    We use Astaro as our firewall and content filtering solution. Works very well at the current time its been up over 56days without issue

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    Can't recommend smoothwall enough.

    End of your filtering issues when you put one in - there's some pretty happy customers on the forums...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Can't recommend smoothwall enough.

    End of your filtering issues when you put one in - there's some pretty happy customers on the forums...
    Ditto

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    We use Websense, simply because we get it free with our ISP Deal

    i have heard good things about Smoothwall. Although myself i have never used it

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    here quite happily - regularly 100+ days uptime, generally only lost to extended power outages. All the extra patches from the support site applied. What issues are you having?

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    crashes more often than Stevie Wonder driving a dodgem
    That made my day. Thanks. Incidentally, 56 days is kids' work. Because I am too lazy to apply kernel updates I have had 350-day *connection* uptimes on my home smoothie! Only a powercut/cheap UPS prevented me hitting the 1 year mark.

    Currently:
    [root@sandcastle root]# uptime
    09:22:22 up 313 days, 12:03, 1 user, load average: 0.09, 0.02, 0.01

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    That made my day. Thanks. Incidentally, 56 days is kids' work. Because I am too lazy to apply kernel updates I have had 350-day *connection* uptimes on my home smoothie! Only a powercut/cheap UPS prevented me hitting the 1 year mark.

    Currently:
    [root@sandcastle root]# uptime
    09:22:22 up 313 days, 12:03, 1 user, load average: 0.09, 0.02, 0.01
    what version do you use at home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    what version do you use at home?
    Advanced Firewall running on an ex-cachepilot - and no, I do not monitor the wife's browsing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Can't recommend smoothwall enough.

    End of your filtering issues when you put one in - there's some pretty happy customers on the forums...
    2nd that. Excellent value for money, great support and staff. Very easy to setup if you follow the instructions and can be installed on an oldish server as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Can't recommend smoothwall enough.

    End of your filtering issues when you put one in - there's some pretty happy customers on the forums...
    Same here. Excellent product and pricing.
    current uptime is 84 days. and not a single problem with it.

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    Corporate guardian here as first step filtering before lea connection.

    If anything smoothwall is too powerful and feature rich so you can get a bit lost but it is a great solution.

    Support are great.
    My usb stick might be like the real person though as it's a bit legless one fell off.

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    Well we were using Censornet which, yes, is about as stable as a very unstable thing in high winds balancing on a large sphere rolling down a hill....

    Now have Smoothwall and it's excellent. It is very feature rich but once you get used to where to find what you want, it has pretty mcuh anything you want - plus any feedback usually gets incorporated straight back into the product. It's also got the rather impressive flash filter, and is the only solution that's BECTA approved iirc from other threads.

    Used to use Smoothwall 1/2 at home, got several 200 day uptimes with that.

    RwD

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    Another happy Smoothwall customer here Works a treat for us keeps the kids at bay and the teachers happy Couldn't ask for anything more really.

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