Web Content Filtering Software

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use web content filtering software for controlling internet use.

Enforce internet use policies, block distracting websites, and improve web security with granular internet access control policies.

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Block/Allow URLs
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Granular Policies
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How Will You Use Our Web Content Filtering Software?

Web Filtering for Education

Prevent access to inappropriate content

  • Meet CIPA compliance requirements to qualify  for E-Rate funding
  • Easily disable the web filter for specific patrons on request
  • Protect school-issued devices when students take them home

Employee Internet Management

Monitor and control employee internet use

  • Improve productivity and network performance by blocking distracting sites
  • Enforce internet use policies by blocking access to unwanted web content
  • Limit liability and reduce security risks by blocking high-risk and NSFW websites
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Web Security & DLP

Protect against web-based threats

  • Protect against web-based threats by blocking dangerous websites
  • Block cloud storage sites & apps to prevent data theft by employees
  • Close unused network ports to reduce the attack surface of your network

Why Restrict Internet Access With BrowseControl?

Network content filtering with BrowseControl gives you
full control over internet and application usage in your organization.

Enforce Acceptable Use Policies

  • Redirect users from blocked websites to your internet use policy
  • Prevent access to websites with pornographic, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate content
  • Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter to get alerts of policy violations

Improve Productivity

  • Block distracting and inappropriate websites to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Schedule unique web restriction policies to provide greater web access during breaks
  • Apply different policies for each user, computer, or group to avoid web access bottlenecks
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Protect Against Web Security Threats

  • Block file downloads such as executables, zipped files, and videos from HTTP sites 
  • Close unused and high-risk network ports to reduce the attack surface of your network
  • Block malicious and high-risk websites with our frequently updated category filtering database

Prevent Data Theft & Leakage

  • Block unsanctioned cloud storage apps and sites to prevent employee data theft
  • Block ports used for FTP, SCP, SFTP, etc. to prevent data from leaving the network
  • Block other potential data egress points such as personal email platforms, social media, etc

Increase Internet Speed

  • Block Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other unproductive bandwidth hogs
  • Reduce unproductive internet usage to ensure bandwidth availability for work tasks
  • Selectively allow access to high-bandwidth sites on an as-needed basis.

Meet Compliance Requirements

  • Block access to inappropriate websites to meet CIPA compliance requirements
  • Block high-risk websites as a technical safeguard for HIPAA and other security requirements
  • Prevent software piracy in the workplace by blocking access to P2P file sharing sites

Combine Internet Filtering and Monitoring
for Total Internet Access Control

Restrict Internet Access

BrowseControl is the best web content filter for blocking internet sites

  • Block websites based on category, URL, domain, or IP address
  • Customize internet restrictions for each user, device, or department
  • Schedule unique internet restrictions throughout the day

Monitor Internet Use

BrowseReporter is the best monitoring software for tracking web use

  • See how much time is spent on unproductive web browsing. What is considered productive can be customized to fit your needs.
  • Compare active time vs idle time to see which websites are being actively browsed and which are in the background.
  • Noisy data such as CDNs and advertisements are filtered out;  the reports show the actual internet usage of your users.

Manage Remote Devices

Control internet access no matter where your users or devices are

  • Use the offsite mode to continue monitoring and restricting internet access when devices leave the network
  • Remotely manage internet access control policies through the web-based central management console
  • Updates to internet restriction policies will sync with offsite devices once they reconnect to the server
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“We needed to control internet access to enforce our web usage policies across the organization. In CurrentWare, I found a solution that fulfilled the criteria of my entire project within a single suite of software.”

Larry Salvucci

IT Manager, Boston Centerless

Case Study

TCAT Ensures Student Success
With the Best Internet Filtering Software

Tennessee College Of Applied Technology
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Crump

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.

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility to protect them. And as well as keeping our students safe, we also need to keep our system safe! Students aren’t always aware of the dangerous consequences of their online actions, so there is always a risk of harmful behavior.”

Gabriel Alvarado

CIS/CIT Instructor, Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Crump

What Makes BrowseControl the Best Internet Filtering Software?

Active Directory Integration

CurrentWare syncs your Active Directory Organizational Units onto the CurrentWare Console, allowing you to immediately manage your users and workstations with the AD hierarchy that you’re already used to.

Granular Content Filtering Policies

Policies can be customized based on each user, computer, or workgroup. Easily allow websites for specific groups while blocking them for others; simply add the users you would like to control to their own policy group.

Advantageous Pricing

BrowseControl starts at $2.99 USD per user/per month. Discounts are available for nonprofits, educational institutions, MSPs/resellers, large volume purchases, and for organizations that pre-purchase multi-year plans.

Easy to Use Content Filtering

Blocking a website takes a few simple steps, allowing non-technical users to comfortably update policies. Permissions can be customized to restrict what settings and groups trusted staff members can access.

Central Management Console

The policies are easily managed with BrowseControl’s central web console. After remotely deploying the CurrentWare clients you can manage all of your users and computers from the convenience of a web browser.

Secure Internet for Remote Workers

Policies are synced locally on each device, allowing you to control internet use when they leave the network. Configure remote connections to keep device policies synced to your on-premises or private cloud server.

Check out our great reviews on Capterra!

"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, Owner
Medical Office

"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
Maritime

FEATURE OVERVIEW

How to Block Websites With BrowseControl

With BrowseControl blocking a website is as easy as installing the solution and adding the URLs and categories you would like to block to the Block List

Method 1:

Block Websites with a Block List

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “URL Filter
  4. Add the domain URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the specific website you would like to block

Method 2:

Block Websites by Category

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering
  4. Add the categories you would like to block (eg. “Social Media”) to the Blocked Category List

Method 3:

Allow Authorized Websites Only

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to control
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off” to block internet access
  3. Go to “URL Filter
  4. Add the allowed websites to the Allowed List

Manage Content Filtering Policies From a Convenient Central Console

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Flexible Deployment Options

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On Premises

Easy to install. Everything stored on your own network.

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Remote Workers

Connect remote users with minimal configuration.

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Private Cloud

All the benefits of the cloud on a server of your choice.

BrowseControl Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block users from browsing the web

URL Filter

URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for specific URLs

Category Filtering

Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific categories

Internet Scheduler

Internet Scheduler

Schedule Internet restrictions at specific times of the day

Bandwidth Tracker

Safe Search

Enforce safe search to prevent explicit search results

Internet Quota

Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for internet browsing

Download Filter

Download Filter

Block downloads from HTTP sites based on file types

Port Filter

Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk TCP/UDP ports

Customized Message

Customize Message

Display a customized warning message on blocked websites

Application Blocker

Application Blocker

Block specific Windows applications from launching

Internet Timer

Timer

Allocate specific time for your users to access the Internet

Stealth

Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without alerting users

Centralized Console

Central Web Console

Access the administrative console from a web browser on any computer in your network

Remote Client Install

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your computers

Offsite Management

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage policies to laptops running outside the corporate network

Centralized Console

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for enterprise and large business operations

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BrowseControl Web Content Filtering Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate our content filtering and web monitoring software solutions in your organization, reach out to our team.

Will CurrentWare Have Access to My Users' Internet Usage Data?

No. CurrentWare’s software does not send your users’ computer usage data to CurrentWare. 

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is managed by your organization. 

For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.

Will the Software Continue to Work When My Users Leave the Network?

Yes. The client agent installed on the computers has the ability to restrict and monitor internet use even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

The client agent stores and enforces policies locally on the device. CurrentWare’s last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection or connects to a different network.

Note: If you wish to update policies or receive reports from client agents outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server.

Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your user’s internet usage data and any web filtering policy updates will take effect.

Learn More

How Do You Unrestrict a Website?

To unrestrict a website that is blocked by Category Filtering, add it to the URL allow list. This will allow you to block an entire content category while selectively allowing specific websites. For example, you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to LinkedIn.com

To unrestrict a website that is on your URL Block List, simply select the user or group you would like to modify and remove the website from the Block List. 

Learn More: How Do I Control Internet Access With BrowseControl?

What Is Web Content Filtering?

Web content filtering is the practice of blocking access to internet content that may be offensive, inappropriate, or dangerous. Web content filtering solutions such as BrowseControl use a database of URLs and web content categories to decide what web content can be viewed by a given user.

How Do I Stop Employees from Accessing Certain Websites?

To stop employees from accessing certain websites you can add those websites to the URL Block List. If you would like to block a specific category of websites you can use the Category Filtering feature to block sites that belong to categories such as porn, social media, and virus-infected.

What is the Difference Between URL Filtering and Category Filtering?

URL filtering limits access to specific web pages (URLs) and domains (websites) by comparing web addresses that end-users are attempting to visit against a database of websites that are on an Allowed List and Blocked List. 

Category Filtering blocks websites based on content categories such as Porn, Social Media, and Hate sites. This allows thousands of websites to be blocked without the administrator knowing their specific URL. As new websites are identified by the category filtering provider they are sorted into their respective content categories.

How Do I Block Internet Access at a Certain Time?

BrowseControl includes three features to restrict internet access based on time – internet quota limit, internet scheduler, and internet timer. 

The Timer feature allows you to turn the internet on or off after a set time limit has elapsed. Once the timer has expired, the Internet settings will return to the previous Internet mode (ON/OFF or Schedule).

The Internet Scheduler allows you to set unique allow and block lists on a set schedule. This is typically used to allow employees or students access to unproductive websites during their breaks while restricting them during work periods. 

The Internet Quota feature allows the administrator to control how long users have access to the Internet on a daily basis. This allows end-users to browse the web throughout the day until their quota is reached. This feature is ideal for internet cafes and other organizations with users that do not require ongoing access to the internet.

Learn More: Using Timer and Internet Quota to Set Internet Time Limits

Will BrowseControl Work With My Proxy Server?

Yes, BrowseControl is compatible with other proxy servers on your network. 

Learn More: How to Use BrowseControl With a Proxy Server

How Do I Unblock a Specific URL Within a Content Category?

If you would like to block a given web content category while selectively allowing access to specific URLs, simply add the websites you would like to unblock to the URL Allow List.

With this method you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to LinkedIn.com or block the File Hosting category to prevent personal cloud storage use while still allowing access to sanctioned cloud storage providers.

Can I Use Your Web Content Filtering Software for My Remote Users?

Yes. BrowseReporter and BrowseControl support a variety of deployment options that allow you to monitor and restrict internet use no matter where they devices are.

To learn more about using our content filtering and monitoring software for remote workers, visit this article: How to Set Up Internet Filtering and Monitoring Software for Remote Users

Can I Allow Local Network Access While Blocking Internet Access?

Yes. Simply set the internet to “off” in BrowseControl and add the authorized intranet sites to the Allow List using their hostname or IP address.

Learn More: Block Internet & Allow Intranet with BrowseControl

How Do I Find Out What Websites the Web Filtering Solution Has Blocked?

BrowseControl allows you to enable the logging of blocked URLs for troubleshooting purposes.

This allows you to see what websites BrowseControl is blocking, though for optimal performance it is recommended that you disable it after you have finished troubleshooting. 

In addition, you can use BrowseReporter’s URL Categories Visited report to see what URLs have been visited, what category they belong to, and whether or not the user was blocked from accessing the website.

Learn More: Find Out What Websites BrowseControl Is Blocking

How Do I Disable Internet Access for my Users?

To completely block internet access, simply set the internet to “Off” in your BrowseControl web filtering settings. This will allow applications to connect to the internet while preventing your users from browsing the web.

To selectively allow or block websites, add them to the Allow List (whitelist) or Block List (blacklist/deny list) of the URL filter.

To block websites based on content, add the content category you would like to block from the Category Filtering list. You can exempt specific URLs within a category by adding them to the URL Allow List.

What Websites Should I Block?

Which websites you should block depends on the goals of your organization. 

  • Improve productivity by blocking distracting websites such as Facebook and games sites
  • Maintain a respectable environment by blocking inappropriate websites such as pornography, hate, or crude humor sites.
  • Improve network security by blocking high-risk websites such as peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, illegal streaming sites, and websites that are known to be malicious.
  • Increase internet speed by blocking bandwidth hogs such as Netflix and YouTube

Can I Restrict Internet Access in Citrix, Remote Desktop, and/or Terminal Server Environments?

Yes. The CurrentWare Suite is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system.

You can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows. In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS).

When restricting internet access in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block websites on PC Mode to restrict the individual virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict internet access for specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Monitoring and managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly. The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; to apply granular policies for each user, department, or Organizational Unit you will need to use User Mode.

Learn More:
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How Can I Block Internet Access for a Specific Computer?

The BrowseControl web content filter allows you to assign unique web access policies for each computer, user, or workgroup.

Simply add the specific computer or user you would like to control to their own policy group, then use the Internet Scheduler, URL Filter, or Category Filter to block internet access.

Learn More: How to Block a Website With BrowseControl

Can I Block HTTPS Sites Without SSL Inspection?

Yes. BrowseControl’s web content filtering methods do not use SSL inspection, SSL stripping, or Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI) to block HTTPS sites. This allows you to restrict internet access without the security risks and performance impacts of decrypting web traffic.

What is SSL inspection? SSL inspection is a process in which web content filtering software decrypts, analyzes, and re-encrypts the content of encrypted websites to decide whether or not they should be blocked based on web filtering policies.

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