Alternatives to GFI WebMonitor
CurrentWare BrowseControl & BrowseReporter

         GFI WebMonitor was a bandwidth and Internet usage monitoring software product that was developed to secure downloads and regulate web browsing in organizations and workplaces. The product was beneficial for organizations and companies to improve productivity, cut Internet and bandwidth costs, and to prevent the downloading of illicit files. Essentially, the product was effective in enforcing Internet usage policies. 

         Despite the product’s positive reception among its users, GFI has recently announced that the product has reached End-of-Engineering status (or EoE in industry terms). So, what does that mean for those that have implemented the software on their computers? Below is GFI’s official statement regarding the EoE status of its WebMonitor software product:

“End of Engineering: No new releases, minor releases, defect logging or defect fixes for affected products. Customers can continue to use EoE products unencumbered and add/subtract user licenses as necessary. Customer Support will continue to respond to issues and use reasonable efforts to assist customers, but no new, tested corrections will be generated. Latest versions of software and fixes remain available for download.”

         Based on this statement, GFI WebMonitor customers should find a replacement product for their web monitoring and Internet control software immediately if they would like to continue to improve productivity, reduce costs, and protect their valuable computers.

         The best alternatives to GFI WebMonitor are CurrentWare’s BrowseControl and BrowseReporter. BrowseControl is the world’s best Internet filtering software and BrowseReporter is the leading Internet usage monitoring software; both products combine to outperform GFI WebMonitor in many ways. Below we will take a look at how BrowseControl and BrowseReporter will replace GFI WebMonitor as CurrentWare continues to develop software that is ahead of the field. To do this, we will take a closer look at GFI’s EoE statement and provide more information about how CurrentWare stays on top of industry and technology trends.

“No new releases, minor releases.”

         Any user familiar with web monitoring products and Internet control software will know how serious this statement is. Internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox are constantly releasing updates that affect any web monitoring software’s performance. Google Chrome, for example, released 8 versions in 2018 alone and it is currently operating on version 76.0.3809.132 (Windows). When a new version of a web browser is released, the changes in the technology and the browser’s architecture will no doubt cause a disruption in any web monitoring software’s performance.

         This constant shift in Internet browser technology means that software developers must stay on top of the changes. CurrentWare’s experienced team of programmers and software engineers are trained experts that utilize each Internet browser’s API (application programming interface) to develop our products accordingly. These APIs are only made available to trusted front-end development teams such as CurrentWare’s which allows our team to be proactive and develop new technology to work with what the individual browsers are releasing. On top of working closely with the Internet browser API kits, each member of our team is active in community forums and we are constantly reporting bugs to the browser’s developers. This working relationship between CurrentWare and web browser developers such as the Google Chrome team allow for our products to remain relevant and effective.

         Since the beginning of 2018 alone, CurrentWare has released 7 major updates to its products including BrowseControl and BrowseReporter. On top of the major updates that are released quarterly, CurrentWare releases minor updates regularly to remain ahead of these shifts in technology.

         Below are some of the major advancements in technology that CurrentWare’s BrowseControl and BrowseReporter have adopted in bodyorder to remain the industry leader:

Incognito Mode and Private Browsing in the Workplace

         As any manager or business owner knows, many employees resort to incognito mode or private browsing functions to waste company time. Unlike other products on the market, BrowseControl and BrowseReporter are built to filter and capture all Internet browsing from the browser itself, meaning that no type of private browsing can bypass CurrentWare’s technology.

HTTPS Filtering

         Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is the newest technology that web browsers have introduced to increase network and browsing security. This major change in the technology that web browsers use is just another example of how web filtering and monitoring software products must stay on top of the industry trends to remain relevant. BrowseControl and BrowseReporter are both compatible with HTTPS websites and are not affected by the technology’s increased security measures.

“Defect logging or defect fixes for affected products.”

         This a clear statement that reflects the immediate effect of the EoE status for the product. Since GFI will no longer be performing defect logging or providing its customers with defect fixes, any performance issues with the software such as bugs will be permanent.

         Unlike other companies that do not provide the exceptional customer service that CurrentWare offers, we work with our customers on an individual basis to quickly resolve any bugs or issues. Simply send us an email, give us a call, or contact us via our live chat and our dedicated development team will work to resolve your issue as soon as possible.

“Customer Support will continue to respond to issues and use reasonable efforts to assist customers.”

         Customer support is important in any industry, but when you have an issue with your web monitoring software, timely customer support is crucial to your operation. Without timely support, your computers will be susceptible to the effects that you first implemented the software to prevent.

         Beyond just the post-purchase customer support that comes with any CurrentWare product, our team will be happy to work with you and yours in a one-on-one manner to help you get set up with the product. This includes everything from helping your team decide on the products that best suit your needs to software configuration and installation support.

What Do BrowseControl and BrowseReporter have to Replace GFI WebMonitor?

BrowseControl:

  • Turn Internet on or off: With one simple click from one master console, administrators of BrowseControl can instantly turn the Internet on or off for any selected computer(s). This feature is ideal for kiosks, public organizations, and schools and companies with strict Internet policies. Learn more.
    Are compatible with Windows Operating Systems.
  • Create URL blocked and/or allowed lists: Choose to block or allow websites by creating lists with individual URLs. Add websites such as Facebook.com to the blocked list and work-related URLs to the allowed list to improve productivity. Learn more.
    Are easily configurable with networks.
  • Application Blocker: Block desktop applications such as solitaire to keep users focused. Learn more.

BrowseReporter:

  • Internet Usage Reports: Generate reports to identify sites visited and Internet usage behavior. Learn more.
  • Application Usage Reports: Generate reports to identify computer program and desktop application usage. Learn more.
  • Bandwidth Monitoring and Reporting: Identify computers and users that are using heavy amounts of bandwidth. Learn more.
  • Automated Email Reports: Schedule these reports to be sent daily or weekly. Learn more.

How Easy is it to Switch from GFI WebMonitor to CurrentWare BrowseControl and BrowseReporter?

CurrentWare BrowseControl and BrowseReporter are simple for GFI WebMonitor users to adopt. Similar to GFI WebMonitor, CurrentWare’s products:

  • Use a local server to connect clients computers.
  • Are compatible with Windows Operating Systems.
  • User-Friendly Console
  • Are easily configurable with networks.
  • Have easy URL filtering set-up. Easily import your existing URL lists from GFI WebMonitor.

How to Get Started with CurrentWare BrowseControl and BrowseReporter

CurrentWare’s BrowseControl and BrowseReporter are very easy to install. You can get started with both in just 4 simple steps:

  1. Download the free 14-day trial of CurrentWare.
  2. Install the cwServer and cwConsole onto an administrator computer. Initiate your 14-day free trial of BrowseControl and BrowseReporter.
  3. Install the cwClients onto the computers that you wish to control endpoint devices.
  4. Configure settings to allow or block specific websites.. Set up Internet usage reports and schedule them to be emailed.
  5. Our support team is happy to help you during your free trial. Feel free to contact us for further technical assistance.