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    Re: IM monitoring

    Being a boarding school we do allow ebuddy etc over the weekends but have now banned MSN etc due to file transfers. The clever little sods where getting whole films sent to them via msn so thats now stopped. Although it is the bain of my life repeating why it is banned lol.

    If we ever do open it up again then being able to monitor it in some way would be very useful.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    @tom

    Not really, since (even if it was only allowed in the sixth form computing rooms/at lunchtimes) workstations would be full of kids im-ing to the detriment of kids who need to get on the machines to do schoolwork.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Wow, thanks for all the responses guys!

    @ mark - the protocols we currently scan (MSN,Yahoo,ICQ,AOL) are all too dumb to do peer-to-peer so you *can* monitor same-subnet communications (result!)

    @Ric: Jabber is on the list *but* if you had an internal server, we might have trouble monitoring at the gateway - will have to see how it goes mind.

    @dave: filetransfer blocking will definitely be added in - so you'll be able to say "yes chat, no filez" which will be a laugh File AV.. now that looks HARD but we'll give it a tinkle nontheless

    Cheers guys!

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton
    Bad word censorship is in there - bit light on reports/alerts so far as is the usual way with new bits! Incidentally the price is good - £0!

    Would any of you folk consider allowing MSN etc, if it was logged?
    Is the software free then?

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Ha! You gotta be joking. It costs virtually an arm and leg...

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    Re: IM monitoring

    The software will be a free upgrade to our existing users, but it is based on an open source system developed by one of our engineers.

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    Re: IM monitoring

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    Ha! You gotta be joking. It costs virtually an arm and leg...
    TBF school gardian is *extreamly* reasonably priced compared to what we have been forced to buy into. And the features, reliability, speed, ease of use, etc etc etc etc justify it no end.

    One day, maybe, probably not, we might get SG, though i wont hold my breath.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Im guessing you might not say but is the open source stuff avalible.

    Ah found it.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky
    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Ha! You gotta be joking. It costs virtually an arm and leg...
    TBF school gardian is *extreamly* reasonably priced compared to what we have been forced to buy into. And the features, reliability, speed, ease of use, etc etc etc etc justify it no end.

    One day, maybe, probably not, we might get SG, though i wont hold my breath.
    Have to agree with j17sparky on this one, we have used open source packages and paid ones in the past 7 years and SG is by far and away the best alround package. The way i see it the money spent on SG saves me so much time it's well worth it.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    @gh - we don't hide it... i shoulda mentioned it - imspector.org - great name, eh? I wrote the MySQL plugin, so don't use that ;-P

    j17, dave - thanks for the vote of confidence

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    Re: IM monitoring

    @tom_newton

    Cool thanks. If the local council would let us, we would use you for all are internet monitoring. But they insist we must do it their way and seeing as they give us the internet, can't go against them lol.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    I know the kinda answer i'll get to this but any plans on the when the next version will be ready or be around for testing?

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    Re: IM monitoring

    How much does school guardian cost?

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    Re: IM monitoring

    @dave - testing version will be available in a week or so, i'll add you to the "Wants a beta" list if you like

    @cookie: it's licenced per PC, starting from about 500 quid + support for 20 PCs. Give me a ring/email if you want a more accurate figure for your number of PCs.

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    Re: IM monitoring

    Tom that would be good, always looking for an excuse to dig out the test server



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