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    web Filtering Products

    Looking at other types of filtering as Netsweeper seems to be not fit for purpose..

    Looking at School Guardian but it seems very expensive... £3000 for 400 pCs ?

    any suggestions ?

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    Grommit - This has been discussed extensively. Try searching on the forums or trying a site:edugeek.net filtering on Google?

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    Censornet 4 is a purchasable product or the free version of smoothwall with dans guardian plugin would work.

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    Websense is pretty good. We have been using it for a couple of months it works well. The support is good as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plock View Post
    Grommit - This has been discussed extensively. Try searching on the forums or trying a site:edugeek.net filtering on Google?
    I se that is has been discussed... but I am looking for advice to which one the Edugeek Members believe is the best..

    I'm looking at Bloxx as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by plock
    This has been discussed extensively. Try searching on the forums or trying a site:edugeek.net filtering on Google?
    Interestingly, you hardly need the filter part - this site seems to be fast becoming the top Google search result for several technologies generally used in schools. Everyone be mindful what you say, the world is listening...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit View Post
    I see that is has been discussed... but I am looking for advice to which one the Edugeek Members believe is the best...
    We simply use Squid as a transparent proxy with SquidGuard doing the filtering. No client-side proxies to configure, anyone who plugs into our network (wired or wireless) gets their Internet connection filtered, there is simply no physical way to avoid the filter. URL block list updates are £100 a year.

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    Built our own box running Ubuntu/Squid/Dansguardian. Took me about a day. Cost £900 for the dell hardware. We have around 150 concurrent clients at any one time.

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    @Grommit - No worries!

    @dhicks - Indeed I've noticed the same!

    I'd have to go with Squid as a cheap option. Bloxx is also good, but rather pricy for most organisations.

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    That sounds a *little* on the high side for SG08.

    Give me a call and i'm sure we can find something to suit - to be honest there's not a lot out there lower priced than SG, and what there is often doesn't come up to scratch. In the "BETCA certified" list, there's only really ourselves, Websense & Netsweeper.

    You could try rolling your own - i'm not going to recommend against it simply because of a commercial bias, a lot of people on here have done it. You should be prepared for a lot of work, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    That sounds a *little* on the high side for SG08.

    Give me a call and i'm sure we can find something to suit - to be honest there's not a lot out there lower priced than SG, and what there is often doesn't come up to scratch. In the "BETCA certified" list, there's only really ourselves, Websense & Netsweeper.

    You could try rolling your own - i'm not going to recommend against it simply because of a commercial bias, a lot of people on here have done it. You should be prepared for a lot of work, however.
    I'm really wondering how on earth did NetSweeper bagged the BECTA accreditation. shocking !!!!

    Ash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashok View Post
    I'm really wondering how on earth did NetSweeper bagged the BECTA accreditation. shocking !!!!

    Ash.
    I wonder aboput quite a few companies!

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    We use censornet v3 here, even for a linux newbee like me it was quite easy to setup with the right advice from everyone here.

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    Funny enough ABTutor Control built-in filtering has pretty much stopped all naughtiness here. Use dansguardian (IPCop) at home, faultless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashok View Post
    I'm really wondering how on earth did NetSweeper bagged the BECTA accreditation. shocking !!!!

    Ash.
    The frustrating thing for me is the lack of text level filtering and poor intelligence. Then again, all bidders went for a pretty standard 'Becta accredited' setup that deals with large scale installs.

    @Tom

    I would be interested in hearing about the largest setup that you have. Anything at LA or RBC level yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outpost View Post
    Funny enough ABTutor Control built-in filtering has pretty much stopped all naughtiness here. Use dansguardian (IPCop) at home, faultless.
    Indeed, we have it here, if used properly it will. However it sometimes seems the teacher does not bother/care.



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