Web Content Filtering—What’s the Best Way to Block Websites?

web content filtering what's the best way to block websites

Web content filtering is critical for protecting networks and users against web-based threats, objectionable internet content, and distracting websites. With all of the options for controlling internet access you may be wondering: what are the best web filtering solutions?

In this article I will overview solutions for web content filtering, describe the different content filtering methods, and emphasize the importance of blocking certain websites.

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use web filter that helps organizations enforce policies, improve productivity, reduce bandwidth consumption, and meet compliance requirements – no matter where their users are located.

With BrowseControl you can ensure a safe and productive environment by blocking high-risk, distracting, or inappropriate websites, improve network performance by blocking bandwidth hogs, and prevent users from using unsanctioned applications and software-as-a-service providers

BrowseControl’s security policies are enforced by a software agent that is installed on your user’s computers. This allows the solution to continue blocking websites and applications even when computers are taken off-site.

BrowseControl’s central console allows you to configure your security policies from the convenience of a web browser. 

With BrowseControl you can Block or allow websites based on URL, category, domain, or IP address, assign custom policies for each group of computers or users, prevent users from launching specific applications, and block network ports to reduce the attack surface of your network

There are three key methods for blocking websites with BrowseControl:

The Blocked List allows you to block specific websites based on URL, domain, or IP address

Category Filtering allows you to block millions of websites across over 100 content categories including pornography, social media, and virus-infected sites.

and finally, you can use the Allowed List to allow specific websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their category, or for the greatest security and control you can block all websites except for those that are on the Allowed List.

When your users try to visit a blocked website they can either be presented with a custom warning message or directed to another site, such as a page with a reminder of your organization’s internet use policy.

With BrowseControl’s App Blocker you can prevent your users from launching specific applications.

Simply select the group you would like to restrict, enter the Original Filename of the application to the Application List, and add it to the blocked applications list.

When the user tries to launch the blocked application they can be presented with a custom warning message that alerts them of the restriction.

BrowseControl is best used in tandem with our computer monitoring software BrowseReporter. Using both solutions provides the visibility and control you need to ensure that your organization’s computers are being used appropriately.

Don’t let internet abuse run rampant in your organization. Take back control over web browsing with a free trial of BrowseControl.

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What Is Web Content Filtering?

Screenshot of website URL allowed list window from BrowseControl, web content filtering software

Web content filtering is the process of preventing employees, students, and other end-users from accessing content on the internet. The most common web content to block are websites that are offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise high-risk. Schools and businesses use tools such as internet filtering software to block these risky sites.

Web content filtering policies are typically combined with web usage monitoring programs. These programs produce web reports that provide an overview of user behavior on an organization’s devices including web browsing, bandwidth usage, attempts to visit adult content, and wasting time at work (such as spending time online shopping).

How Does Web Content Filtering Work?

Web content filtering works by establishing web content filtering policies that set rules for accessing websites. A web filter will block access to specific types of web content based on a variety of factors including pre-defined web content categories, keywords, IP addresses, and URLs/domains.

Web filters typically operate at layer 7 (the application layer) of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model. This is the layer where specific websites can be uniquely identified by their URL or domain name.

With a web filter you can:

  • Block an entire website while allowing exceptions for specific pages
  • Modify web access permissions for each user, device, and department
  • Schedule internet access permissions to give employees access to unproductive websites during their breaks

Why Is Web Content Filtering Important?

Employee internet management - handle workplace internet abuse

Hardware or software web content filtering solutions are essential for preventing users from accessing websites with malicious web content or inappropriate content such as pornography, malware infected sites, and sites that may be distracting to employees or students.

  • Employee Internet Management (EIM): A web content filtering solution enables businesses to block offensive and distracting sites on a corporate network such as those with violent content, pornography, and games. This is essential for managing compliance requirements, bandwidth usage, or other business concerns.
  • CIPA Compliance: US-based schools and libraries that wish to receive valuable e-Rate discounts need to use web content filtering to prevent minors from being exposed to unwanted content. With these measures in place they will meet their compliance regulations requirements.
  • Enforce Corporate Policies: To prevent a demeaning work environment and sexual harassment claims companies will combine their corporate policies with web content filtering policies that ensure no pornographic content is accessed on the organization’s devices.
  • Bandwidth Management: Network performance can be dramatically reduced by the overuse of bandwidth hogs such as video streaming sites. These websites can be restricted with web content filtering tools to help reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Enterprise Network Security: Web content filtering provides network protection by blocking websites that are high-risk or known to have unsafe web content such as spam sites and malicious websites. Data leakage can also be prevented by restricting cloud storage sites and P2P file sharing services.
  • Productivity Management: Web content filtering blocks offensive and distracting content such as social networking sites, computer games platforms, and video streaming services. 
  • Legal Liability: Web content filtering is essential to block access to content that is inappropriate such as porn, grotesque imagery, violence, and profanity. These filters prevent underaged users from accessing adult content and reduce the potential for internet abuse to cause a hostile work environment. Proactively blocking malicious websites is also a critical component of many security compliance regulations.

Case Study: Web Filtering in Education

Quote - "Students love BrowseControl because it gives them a safe working environment and prevents potential bad actors from interrupting their educational experience." Gabriel Alvarado CIS/CIT Instructor Tennessee College of Applied Technology

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) is one of the best technological educational institutions in the Tennessee area. To keep delivering a cutting-edge learning experience, TCAT Crump knew that they needed to integrate online resources into their curriculums and teaching methods. 

But allowing internet access into a network is not without its risks. As an information technology instructor, Gabriel Alvarado is adamant that educational institutions need to defend against unauthorized access to personal information belonging to pupils, parents, or staff.

Gabriel knew that restricting internet access with the best internet filtering tools they could find was essential for protecting their students and network against web-based threats. In addition to improving internet security, BrowseControl provided TCAT students with an optimal educational experience by blocking distracting websites during class hours and preventing bandwidth hogs from impacting the performance of the network.

BrowseControl’s convenient remote installation options and central management console made it the best internet filtering software for TCAT as they could deploy the software during the school term rather than having to wait until the holidays. Staff and user accounts could be readily distinguished, allowing web filtering policies to be customized to the needs of each group.

4 Types of Web Content Filtering

Keyword Filtering

close up of dictionary

Keyword-based web content filtering blocks end-users from accessing websites that have specific keywords in text strings. These keywords are identified using regular expressions (regex) and/or a predefined list of blocked keywords.

The intention of using keywords for web content filtering is to prevent users from accessing inappropriate content, however due to the Scunthorpe problem (keyword filters falsely flagging content) keyword filtering has a high potential to prevent access to legitimate websites. For this reason category-based content filtering programs that include adult-oriented web content categories are typically used instead.

Category Web Content Filtering 

Screenshot of web content category filter windows from BrowseControl

Category web content filtering is used to block websites based on content categories such as pornography, violence, hate, and social networking sites. To do this the web content filtering software references a centralized database that associates websites with common web content categories. 

These databases need to be constantly updated to keep up with new websites as they are created. For this reason the database is most often provided by the vendor of the web content filtering solutions.

CurrentWare’s web content filtering software BrowseControl includes a category filtering database that provides you with a convenient way to block millions of websites across over 100 URL categories.

URL Filtering

Screenshot of the URL filter blocked list from BrowseControl

When you seek access to a specific webpage, you will type in a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) into your address bar such as CurrentWare.com or CurrentWare.com/blog. URL filtering blocks or allows access to specific websites or web pages based on these URLs. 

URL filtering provides more granular and detailed web content filtering than DNS filtering by allowing companies to block individual web pages instead of the whole website at once. To make blocking entire websites easier URL-based web filters may also allow for wildcard filtering, which blocks the entire website unless exceptions are added to an allow list.

For example, a wildcard-supporting URL filter with “Facebook” on its block list and Facebook.com/CompanyPage on its allow list will allow access to Facebook.com/CompanyPage and stop users from accessing any other Facebook link. 

How Does URL Filtering Work?

With reference to the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model), a URL filter blocks websites using the packet information sent during the TCP/UDP protocol (layer 4, the transport layer) or by examining the URL in the address bar of the web browser (layer 7, the application layer). 

DNS Filtering

From an end-user perspective blocking websites using a Domain Name System (DNS) filter is similar to web content filtering using a URL filter. Both solutions allow you to enter a website into the block list of the web content filtering software in order to prevent access to the website. 

The key differences are:

  • DNS filters can’t prevent access to websites based on URL; instead, it blocks entire domains.
  • A DNS filter requires all internet traffic to be forwarded to an external DNS server provided by a web content filtering service provider. 
  • The URL web filter acts directly on HTTP/HTTPS traffic, while DNS filters acts on the initial DNS queries that precede the HTTP/HTTPS connection attempts.

To understand how DNS filters work, it’s important to understand how DNS is used when visiting a website. The human-readable URLs that we type into major web browsers are moreso there for our convenience; the process of connecting to a website actually resolves to an IP address that is associated with a web server that hosts the desired domain.

When we seek access to a website, the DNS is used to locate the server where the domain’s website is located. A DNS filter blocks access to websites by intercepting the initial DNS query. 

The filter will use its own DNS resolving service to determine whether or not the DNS query will be allowed to continue.  If the domain of the desired website is not permitted on the network the website will not be served and the user will be redirected to an alternative page with a warning message.

As these IP addresses are mapped to an entire domain (website), DNS filers do not allow you to selectively block individual pages. For example, if you would like to block access to Facebook while still allowing access to your company’s Facebook page you will not be able to do that.

For a detailed description of the DNS lookup process, check out this explainer from VeriSign.

5 Web Content Filtering Technologies

Browser-Based Internet Content Filters

Icons of web browsers: Google Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox

Browser-based site blockers are browser extensions, applications or add-ons that are specific to each individual browser. Browser extensions are most often used by individuals that would like to block distracting websites on most major web browsers. These internet content filters are rarely used in business settings as they are easy to bypass by using other major web browsers.

Screenshot of safe search filter from BrowseControl

Search engines typically include some method of filtering out explicit search results. These web filters allow for search engines to be used in environments where adult-oriented content would be considered inappropriate such as schools, public libraries, and most workplaces. 

Only filtering content in this way is often not sufficient to stop inappropriate user behavior, though it does act as a first line of prevention.

Inline Web Filters

A rack of servers, inline web filter, and other network hardware

Inline web filters are hardware or software appliances (such as an internet gateway) that operate within the network that they are filtering. These solutions are configured as a gateway that directly intercepts all traffic that travels through the network. 

As they do not require a software client to be installed on each endpoint they are often used in environments that have guest networks, mixed platform devices, or other circumstances where direct control over devices is not feasible.

While the lack of a software client is advantageous for some deployments, it comes with a few tradeoffs. If access to a specific website is restricted in an inline filter it must remain restricted for all users on the network. These solutions are also not ideal for managing the devices of remote workers as the web content filtering only applies when they are connected to the network.

Endpoint-Based Web Content Filtering Software

Endpoint-based web filtering software has a software client that support computer filtering or user filtering, allowing the web content filtering solutions to be customized for each device or student/employee/patron.

The software clients receive web content filtering policy updates from a central server that is managed by the company and retain the policies even when the devices disconnect from the network.

Since a computer software client needs to be installed on each device that will be controlled, organizations with a large number of computers to filter will leverage automated software deployment tools that install the agent on all of their devices simultaneously. 

The need for a dedicated computer software agent also means that endpoint-based web content filtering solutions are best used in environments that have in-office or remote workers using company-provided devices. Employees using personal devices for work-related tasks may object to having web content filtering software installed on their devices.

Firewalls

Icon showing computers connecting to a firewall

Firewalls are a type of inline web content filter. Firewalls can be hardware appliances or cloud-based/software-based virtual appliances. Rather than restricting specific URLs and domains, firewalls filter network traffic to authorized ports, protocols, and IP addresses.

Traditional packet-filtering firewalls operate at layer 3 (the network layer) of the OSI model to filter ports, protocols, and IP addresses. While these types of firewalls do block web traffic, they lack the ability to distinguish between specific sites as they cannot identify URLs or domain names. 


Over time traditional firewalls have evolved into “Next Generation Firewalls” (NGFW) that combine the packet filtering of traditional firewalls with other network filtering functions such as web application firewalls (WAFs), web content filters, and intrusion prevention systems. These solutions are typically used to harden networks and block internet traffic that has been identified as malicious.

Unless you are using a next generation firewall (NGFW) with an integrated web filter that allows you to block specific URLs, a dedicated web filter is going to give you far more granularity for controlling access to websites.

What Web Content Filter Should You Use?

What is considered the best web content filter depends on the needs of your environment. In many environments it is not uncommon to see multiple forms of web content filtering in place that meet different requirements. 

For example, a business with dedicated office space could use an inline firewall to control ingress and egress traffic as it goes through their network while also using an endpoint-based URL filter to control what specific sites their employees can access.

To simplify the comparison this section will focus on two common solutions for blocking access to internet content: Inline network-based DNS filtering vs endpoint-based URL filtering with a software agent.

Inline Web Content Filtering (Agentless)Web Content Filtering (Agent)
Allow/Block Domains
Allow/Block URLsRed circle with an X
Custom filtering profiles for each user/deviceRed circle with an X
Block website categories
Manage guest/unknown devicesRed circle with an X
Web content filtering schedules
Category filtering
Block websites on any networkRed circle with an X

Level of Control (Granularity)

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The key difference between DNS filtering and URL filtering is that DNS filtering blocks entire sites based on DNS queries rather than specific URLs. DNS filtering will allow you to block undesirable domains for your entire network, however it lacks the ability to block a website while allowing individual web pages.

This can be problematic in an environment where users, computers, or departments require different levels of access. Examples include business environments where marketing staff need work-related access to social media or educational environments where students and staff need unique web content filtering policies.

In environments where user-level or device-level control is desired the best internet filter will be one that supports unique filtering profiles for each user or device.

Remote Workforce Management

Man sitting with laptop in lap

Agent-based web content filtering software is the best web filter for remote workers as they will block websites even when they disconnect from the company network. This is ideal for other scenarios that have employees working offsite, such as laptops that need to be protected when a corporate device is used at a remote site.

Agent-based web content filtering software also provides the means to apply different allowed and blocked lists on a set schedule. This allows employees to access non-work websites after work hours in environments where employees are allowed to use company-provided equipment for personal use.

For BYOD environments, employees that use personal computers for work may not feel comfortable allowing their employers to install web content filtering software clients on their devices.

In this instance an inline DNS filter can be installed on the company network or a client-based computer filter can be installed on the device that they remotely connect to. However, added security controls must be in place to mitigate the risks of allowing non-managed devices to connect to the corporate network.

Block Web Categories

Web page display of categories such as music and sports.

Category filtering is a must-have feature for restricting access to inappropriate content. Fortunately, both DNS-based and URL-based web content filtering software providers offer this feature. With web category filtering you can leverage a pre populated database of websites that you can block rather than manually sourcing your own list of websites. 

DNS-based solutions with category filtering will only be able to strictly block or allow the entire category for your network. If you would like to block the social media category for the majority of your employees while still allowing access for your marketing team you will need URL filtering.

Monitoring Web Activity

Employee Monitoring -How to Monitor Internet Use

Web content filtering solutions only block what they are told to block. This leaves opportunities for end-users to visit undesirable websites that have not yet been added to the web content filtering solution.

Though many web content filtering solutions will include some form of logging or auditing to identify the websites that are being visited, using web content filtering in tandem with a dedicated internet and computer monitoring software is the ideal solution for enforcing acceptable use policies and ensuring that the internet is being used appropriately. 

Want to start monitoring internet usage today? Get started with a free trial of BrowseReporter, CurrentWare’s internet activity monitoring software.

Guest Networks

Shop window sign with "we have free WiFi" written on it

If you would like to set up web content filtering on a network where you will not have direct control over the devices that connect to it (such as a guest WiFi hotspot), you need a network-level web content filtering solution. An agent-based solution is not ideal in this scenario as there is no feasible way to install the agent on non-managed devices. 

How to Block Websites With BrowseControl

Need to restrict internet access in your network? In this tutorial you will learn how to block websites using a free trial of BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web content filtering software.

With BrowseControl you can…

Block websites based on URL, category, domain, or IP address

Schedule unique internet restrictions throughout the day 

Assign custom policies for each group of computers or users,

and enforce internet usage policies, even when devices leave the network

There are 3 ways to block employee internet access with BrowseControl

1) Block access to specific websites with the Block List

2) Restrict internet access to only certain sites with the Allow List 

3) Using the Category Filtering feature you can block access to content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, or Social Media 

For complete control over internet and application use in your network, you can combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter, CurrentWare’s internet monitoring software.

All right, let’s get started.

To begin, sign up for a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download. After filling out the form you will be provided with the files you need to get started with BrowseControl.

To install BrowseControl, run CurrentWare.exe on the administrator’s computer and follow the installation instructions; this will install the CurrentWare Console and Server. 

After that, deploy the CurrentWare Client Setup file (cwClientSetup.exe) on all of the computers you would like to control. 

From there you can import your Active Directory organizational units or manually create your desired policy groups.

For full installation instructions, please visit our knowledge base at CurrentWare.com/Support. 

Now that you have BrowseControl installed, I’ll show you how to block specific websites based on their URL, domain, or IP address with the URL Filter.

This feature can be used to block your employees from accessing distracting websites like Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram.

First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.

Next, click on the URL Filter then select “Blocked List”

From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict

Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the websites you want to block to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. 

BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be blocked as well.

In the master URL list, select the websites you want to block for the chosen group, then click “Add to Blocked List”.

If you would like to add the selected websites to the block list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “add to multiple groups”, select the desired groups, then click “add to blocked list”

If you have a large number of websites you would like to block, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.

Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it! You have now blocked your employees, students, or patrons from accessing those specific websites. 

Next, I’ll show you how to restrict internet access to only certain sites.

This feature is ideal if you want to prevent your employees, students, or patrons from accessing websites that are not explicitly allowed by your organization.

The process is identical to how you would block a website, except this time you will set the internet to “off” and add the websites you would like to allow to the Allow List.

With this method, your users will only be able to access the exact websites that have been approved by your company.

Here are the full instructions.

First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.

Next, click on the URL Filter, then ensure that “Allowed List” is selected

From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict

Next, set the internet to “Off”. This will ensure that only the websites that are added to the allowed list can be accessed.

Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the website you want to allow to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be allowed as well.

In the master URL list, select the websites you want to allow for the chosen group, then click “Add to Allowed List”

If you would like to add the selected websites to the Allowed list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “Add to Multiple Groups”, select the desired groups, then click “Add to Allowed list”

If you have a large number of websites you would like to allow, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.

Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

Next, I’ll show you how to block websites based on content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, and Social Media 

With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can block billions of websites across over 100 URL categories. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to restrict internet access even as new sites emerge. 

Here’s how:

First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers, then select the desired mode.

Next, click on “Category Filtering”

From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict

Select the web content categories you would like to block, then click “Add to Blocked List”

Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it! 

The Allow List can also be used in tandem with the Category Filtering feature to allow websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category. 

For example, you could use the Category Filtering feature to block Social Media while still allowing access to LinkedIn.

Now that you’ve seen the 3 key ways you can block a website with BrowseControl, I’d like to show you how to restrict internet access at certain times.

With BrowseControl’s Internet Scheduler you can schedule custom block or allow lists throughout the day. 

This feature will bring some flexibility to your internet restriction policies; in this example, we will allow our employees to browse the internet during lunchtime.

Here’s how to use the internet scheduler

First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.

Next, click on “internet scheduler”

From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict

Next, click “New Schedule”

Set the start and end time of the schedule. Then, select the schedule type.

Internet On will allow internet access to all websites that are not on the URL Block List

Custom allowed list will only allow access to specific websites.

Custom blocked list will block access to a specific list of websites and allow access to the rest of the internet.

Custom Category blocked list will block specific categories and allow access to the rest of the internet.

Next, set your desired schedule frequency.

Daily will enable the schedule every day during the specified time period.

Weekly will enable the schedule only on specific days of the week.

Monthly will enable the schedule only on specific months.

Next, click “Add Schedule”.

If you selected one of the custom block or allow list options, you can click the link provided under the “schedule type” column to set the websites or categories that you would like on the list.

And finally, click “Enable Scheduler” if it is not already enabled

That’s it for today. If you’re ready to start blocking websites you can get a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download. 

If you have any questions during your evaluation our support team is available to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email.

See you next time!

BrowseControl makes controlling internet access based on users, departments, and computers incredibly easy. Once you’ve installed the software all it takes is just a few clicks to set up user-based permissions. This tutorial will guide you through the general setup process and show you how to control internet access based on users with BrowseControl.

Setup File Contents:

  • CurrentWare Server and Console Setup File (CurrentWare.exe)
  • CurrentWare Client Setup File (cwClientSetup.exe)

Install the CurrentWare Console on the managing computer

Screenshot of the CurrentWare console installation screen
  1. Launch the CurrentWare Console setup file (CurrentWare.exe)
  2. Read and accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA)
  3. Select “CurrentWareConsole” and click “Next”
  4. Select BrowseControl and Category Filtering solutions
  5. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and BrowseControl onto the manager’s computer. This process will take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Install the CurrentWare Clients on the computers you would like to filter

  1. Take the CurrentWare Client setup file (cwClientSetup.exe) and launch it on the computers that you would like to filter websites on.
  2. The installer will ask you for the name of the computer that the CurrentWare console is installed on from step 1. You can also use the IP address of your CurrentWare Server.
  3. After the CurrentWare Client installation is complete, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console (the manager’s computer from step 1) automatically.
  4. Repeat this process on all the computers you would like to control with the BrowseControl software.

Launch the CurrentWare Console on the managing computer

CurrentWare web console with the BrowseControl web filter page shown

Now you can start to control internet access based on users using BrowseControl. You can do this with one of three internet content filtering methods:

  • Block a small number of specific sites based on their URL
  • Block specific categories of websites
  • Block all websites except for pre-approved websites

How to block websites by URL

  1. Select the user(s) that you would like to apply the web content filtering policy to
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add the URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the website you would like to block to the URL list
  5. Select “Blocked List”
  6. Click the checkbox next to the desired URL and then click “Add to Blocked List”
  7. Click “Apply to Clients” to deploy the web content filtering policy to the selected device groups or user groups

How to block websites by category

With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can easily block millions of websites across hundreds of predefined web categories. In just a few clicks you can prevent employees, students, and patrons from accessing social media, pornography, and other undesirable categories of websites.

  1. Select the user(s) that you would like to apply the policy to
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering”
  4. Add the web categories you would like to block (ex. “Social Media”) to the Blocked Category List
  5. Click “Apply to Clients” to deploy the web content filtering policy to the selected device groups or user groups

How to only allow access to specific sites

If you would like to limit internet access to a pre-authorized list of websites, you can easily do that in BrowseControl. 

  1. Select the user(s) that you would like to apply the policy to
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off”
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add the allowed websites to the Allowed List

Conclusion

Controlling access to the internet is a critical component of organizational security, productivity management, and acceptable use policy enforcement. The best internet filter will depend on the needs of your environment, the devices you would like to control, and the level of granularity desired. 

With web content filtering you can meet compliance regulations, improve web protection, increase productivity, and prevent access to harmful websites, spam sites, and other undesirable content.

If you’d like advanced insights into information system usage you can combine web content filtering solutions with computer monitoring software such as CurrentWare’s BrowseReporter.


Ready to start with internet content filtering in your organization? Get started with a FREE 14-day trial of BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web content filtering software.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland is the Digital Marketing Manager for CurrentWare, a global provider of user activity monitoring, web filtering, and device control software. Dale’s diverse multimedia background allows him the opportunity to produce a variety of content for CurrentWare including blogs, infographics, videos, eBooks, and social media shareables.