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Web Filtering

What is Web Filtering? How does Web Filtering protect you? How does Web Filtering work? What are the Business Benefits of Web Filtering?

What is Web Filtering?

A Web filter is a program or appliance that can screen an incoming Web page to determine whether some or all of it should not be displayed to the user. The filter checks the origin or content of a Web page against a set of rules provided by company or person who has installed the Web filter. A Web filter allows an enterprise administrator or an individual user to block Web sites that are likely to include objectionable advertising and malicious or indecent content, spyware and viruses.

How does Web Filtering protect you?

Preventing workers from downloading attachments with viruses or viewing pornography are two obvious motivations for filtering. In addition, if employees spend a lot of time accessing irrelevant or inappropriate websites, the wasted time can add up along with your bandwidth costs.

Protecting your company from online threats, lost work hours, and rising costs can be quite a balancing act, but it has become an essential requirement as as more workers use social Media sites and Networks in the office.

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How does Web Filtering work?

Web filter tools and appliances work in very similar ways. Web Filtering algorithms determine if material should be blocked. The algorithm’s are a set of rules that the software uses to check and filter content for restricted websites or items and/or threats. For example, a rule might identify foul language, another page links that lead to adult sites. The software looks at URL web addresses and search engine keywords, comparing them to a list of flagged items. When access is attempted to an inappropriate site, the filtering software / appliance stops the connection.

What are the business benefits of Web Filtering?

If your business has been suffering due to the misuse of the Internet and the downloading of files such as music, film and applications then web filtering software could be the answer you are looking for. Apart from the obvious compliance factors there are also major productivity benefits and cost savings.

To explore the unique advantages that a Qual Network Security Web Filtering Soultion can bring to your organisation, or if you would like to discuss arranging a FREE consultation, call us now on +44 (0)1293 400 720
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