Best Alternatives to K9 Web Protection For School & Business Internet Control

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Alternatives to K9 Web Protection

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Enforce Acceptable Computer Use Policies

  • Policy Reminders: Redirect users from restricted websites to your internet use policy or a custom block page
  • Block Websites: Prevent access to websites that go against your acceptable computer use policies
  • Non-Compliance Alerts: Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter to get alerts of policy violations
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Block Bandwidth Hogs to Improve Network Availability

  • Block Bandwidth Hogs: Block Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other unproductive bandwidth hogs
  • Restrict Unproductive Sites: Reduce unproductive web browsing to ensure bandwidth availability for work tasks
  • Discretionary Access: Selectively allow access to high-bandwidth sites on an as-needed basis
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Reduce Distractions to Improve Employee Productivity

  • Improve Focus: Block distracting websites and apps to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Custom Internet Policies: Apply different policies for group of users or computers to avoid bottlenecks
  • Control Tech Use: Combine with BrowseReporter computer monitoring software for advanced awareness and control over technology usage
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Protect Your Business From Compliance & Liability Risks

  • Prevent Software Piracy: Use the app blocker to prevent employees from launching specific applications
  • Block Inappropriate Content: Prevent users from accessing pornographic, hateful, or crude websites at work or school
  • Meet Compliance Requirements: Control internet use to secure your network against web-based threats and data loss to cloud storage sites/apps

Protect Against Web Security Threats

  • Download Blocker: Block file downloads such as executables, zipped files, and videos from HTTP sites
  • Internet Off: Block the entire internet from being browsed for specific computers or employees
  • Web Category Filtering: Block malicious and high-risk websites with our frequently updated category filtering database
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Prevent Data Theft & Leakage

  • Cloud DLP: Block unsanctioned cloud storage apps and sites to prevent employee data theft
  • Port Filtering: Block ports used for FTP, SCP, SFTP, etc. to prevent data from leaving the network
  • Block High-Risk Sites: Block other potential data egress points such as personal email platforms, torrenting sites, etc
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Manage your Users

Organize your PCs/Users into custom policy groups. Get advanced awareness & control over how technology is used in your organization.

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"As a 'novice' I was able to set up with help from support in about an hour. Previous software took forever and didn't work as advertised. This software worked right out of the box."

Dr. Gerard B, Office Manager
2-10 Employees

"This software was easy to install and customize to our needs. Category Filtering is such a time saver and of course saving time is saving money!"

Scott S, Senior Systems Engineer
201-500 Employees

"BrowseControl is the best software for internet filtering. We can block specific websites and applications...[being able to] add and remove the restrictions instantly is a great feature. They have a great customer support to solve our queries."

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501-1000 Employees

"The software actually does what was advertised and the support is great! We were able to have the software up and running on the same day with no issues or even a call/email to their support."

Ken W, IT Manager
201-500 Employees

CASE STUDY
Web Filtering & Internet Safety In Education

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility
to protect them. Students love BrowseControl because it gives them a safe working environment and prevents potential bad actors from interrupting their educational experience."

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

What is K9 Web Protection?

K9 Web Protection was a software product developed by Blue Coat, Inc. to filter and restrict Internet access. The software was adopted by businesses to restrict employees from wasting time on unproductive websites and to prevent users from accessing malware.

What Happened to K9 Web Protection?

K9 was sold in 2016 to Symantec and is now being subjected to “end-of-life” status, meaning that updates and support will no longer be available. The “end-of-life” status will commence on June 30th, 2019.

The official “end-of-life” statement for K9 Web Protection from Symantec

“We’re immensely grateful for the loyalty of our K9 Web Protection customers. For years, many of you have been using the award-winning K9 application to protect your computers, children, and organizations from spyware, malware, adult content and other threats and risky interactions. We’ve worked together to make the Internet a much safer place for our families and communities.

On August 1, 2016, Blue Coat, Inc. (K9’s parent company) was acquired by cybersecurity leader Symantec™. As can be imagined Blue Coat and Symantec had a handful of similar products and unfortunately, it didn’t make sense to maintain two competing products. it was decided to “end-of-life” K9 Web Protection and focus corporate and customer attention on Symantec’s line of Norton™ products.

Effective immediately, K9 Web Protection is no longer available for purchase or download. Technical Support for K9 will end on June 30, 2019. Until then, support for K9 can reached via email at DL-ECS-K9TechnicalSupport@symantec.com. We’ve also created an uninstall tool should you need help removing the application from your computer.”

What Does End-of-Life Mean for Existing K9 Web Protection Users?

K9 Web Protection is discontinued

“K9 Web Protection is no longer available for purchase or download.”

“We’ve also created an uninstall tool should you need help removing the application from your computer.”

It is clear from this statement that K9 is obsolete as web browsers and filtering technologies have advanced since 2019.

How to uninstall K9 Web Protection

No more security & compatibility updates

“Technical support for K9 will end on June 30, 2019.”

This statement is particularly alarming for users that have implemented K9 into their network as they will no longer receive support if they run into any bugs or issues. Customer support is critical for any software product as bugs need to be resolved and customers often need a hand in configuring the software settings.

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Case Study:

Shady Maple Skyrockets Employee Productivity With BrowseControl & BrowseReporter

Shady Maple found CurrentWare during a significant period of growth in their company. As their number of employees grew, Shady Maple knew that they needed an employee productivity solution that was scalable.

Their old ways of managing employee internet abuse – manually checking each employee’s computer individually and hoping that they didn’t clear out their web history – would no longer be sustainable.

Since implementing CurrentWare’s internet monitoring and web filtering software, Shady Maple’s productivity has skyrocketed. Thanks to the central console Shady Maple could review the internet browsing data of their entire workforce from a single device. CurrentWare’s ease of use and automated reporting made the solution accessible for use by managers, HR, and IT personnel alike.

The robust CurrentWare client agent maintained the integrity of browsing data even when employees deleted their browser’s web history, providing Shady Maple with accurate and actionable information about employee browsing habits.

Commonly abused websites and applications were effortlessly blocked from being accessed. Employees that needed access to blocked content for legitimate work purposes could be readily exempted from the content filtering policies. 

Thanks to CurrentWare, Shady Maple’s network performance has dramatically improved and their workforce has regained focus on their core tasks. The HR department suddenly gained the ability to present tangible evidence of disinclination to employees who had been underperforming.

“Being able to identify negative browsing trends and put a stop to them within a couple of hours has meant that our employees are focused on the job almost all of the time. We have become an extremely efficient workforce.”

Kevin Porsche

IT Admin, Shady Maple

BEFORE CURRENTWARE

Network Congestion

Employee internet abuse drains the available bandwidth, harming the productivity & efficiency of the entire organization.

Excessive Cyberloafing

Actively disengaged employees waste excessive amounts of time on unproductive websites, sneakily hiding their browsing habits.

Inefficient Management

Each employee’s computer is manually checked for evidence of misuse, wasting valuable time. Evidence of internet abuse is easily hidden.

AFTER CURRENTWARE

Fast & Stable Internet

Employee internet use is monitored for abuse. Bandwidth hogs are blocked and staff are coached on acceptable use policies.

Focused Employees

Records of unproductive web browsing gave the HR department the insights they needed to diagnose performance issues.

More Time For Core Tasks

Effortless management from CurrentWare’s central console increases efficiency, allowing saved time to be invested where it matters most.

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Computer Monitoring & Internet Management Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

Disable or enable the Internet with the click of a button

Internet Off

URL Filter

Create allowed lists and blocked lists for specific URLs

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Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific categories such as social media

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Internet Scheduler

Schedule Internet restrictions for specific times of the day

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Computer Monitoring

Monitor what software is being used and for how long

Internet Off

Internet Monitoring

Determine URLs visited and the time spent on each website

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Application Blocker

Block user access to applications and programs

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Email Reports

Get scheduled and triggered reports sent to your inbox

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