Website Blocking Software for Businesses, Schools, & Libraries

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.

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

Allow/Block URLs
Web Category Filtering
Granular User & Computer Policies
Block Applications

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How Will You Use Our Website Blocker?

Schools & Libraries

Prevent access to adult material

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

Employee Internet Management

Restrict employee internet access

  • Improve productivity and network performance by blocking distracting sites
  • Enforce internet use policies by blocking access to unwanted online content
  • Limit liability and reduce security risks by preventing access to 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

The Benefits of Blocking Websites
With BrowseControl Website Blocker

Website blocking with BrowseControl gives you
full control over internet and app usage in your organization.

BrowseControl’s client agent will keep track of the list of websites and apps you want to block for each group of users or computers, ensuring it blocks across all of your managed devices

Enforce Acceptable Use Policies

  • Redirect users from restricted websites to your internet use policy
  • Block websites with pornography, viruses, and other related material
  • Combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter to get alerts of policy violations

Improve Productivity

  • Block distractions and inappropriate websites to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Schedule unique restriction policies to allow visits to distracting sites during breaks
  • Apply different policies for group of users or computers to avoid bottlenecks
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Protect Against Web Security Threats

  • Block file downloads such as executables, zipped files, and videos from HTTP sites 
  • Block the entire internet from being browsed for specific computers or employees
  • 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, torrenting sites, etc

Increase Internet Speed

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

Meet Compliance Requirements

  • Meet CIPA compliance requirements by blocking content while allowing protected speech
  • 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 Website Blocking and
Monitoring for Enhanced Protection and Productivity

Block Websites and Apps

BrowseControl allows you to block websites and apps, making it is the best website blocker for schools, libraries, and businesses.

  • Block Websites: Block websites based on category, URL, domain, or IP address.
  • Granular Policies: Customize internet restrictions for each user, device, or department
  • Block Apps: Add the apps you want to block to the app blocker to prevent the launching of distracting or high-risk apps

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Monitor Internet Use

BrowseReporter is the best employee monitoring software for tracking web use

  • Productivity Tracker: See how much time is spent on unproductive web browsing. What is considered productive can be customized to fit your needs.
  • Monitor Web Usage: Get reports on words used in search engines, websites visited, and applications used.
  • Reduce Distractions: Noisy data such as CDNs and advertisements are filtered out; the reports show genuine browsing behavior from company computers.

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Manage Remote Devices

BrowseControl blocks apps, distractions, and high-risk sites no matter where your Windows devices are.

  • Offsite Features: Use the offsite mode to continue restricting Windows devices when they leave the network
  • Browser Console: Remotely manage internet control policies through the web-based central management console
  • Local Cache: Updates to policies will sync with devices once they reconnect to the server

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

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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 & Protection
With the Best Website Blocking Software for Schools

Tennessee College Of Applied Technology
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Crump

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) is one of the best technological schools 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 online access into a school network is not without its risks. As an information technology instructor, Gabriel Alvarado is adamant that educational institutions such as schools and public libraries need to defend their network against unauthorized access to personal information belonging to pupils, parents, or staff.

Gabriel knew that blocking websites was essential for protecting their students and network against web-based threats. In addition to improving security, BrowseControl provided TCAT students with an optimal educational experience. By blocking distracting websites during class hours students could stay productive and focused on their tasks. Blocks on bandwidth hogs ensured the optimal performance of the network for each student.

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 the blocks 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 Filter?

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 for each group of users or computers. Easily allow websites for some groups while restricting them for others; simply add them to their own policy group.

Advantageous Pricing

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

Easy to Use Internet Filter

Blocking access to a website takes a few simple steps, allowing non-technical admins to comfortably update policies. Permissions can be customized to limit 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 your entire workforce from the convenience of a web browser.

Secure Remote Workers

Policies are synced locally on each device, allowing you to control app and web 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
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"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
website blocking software and adding the URLs/categories to the Block List

Method 1: Block Specific Websites

URL Filtering—Block Specific Websites

This is how to prevent access to specific websites with BrowseControl. Each website blocking mode in BrowseControl can be customized on a per-user group or per-device group level, allowing you to customize web and app restrictions.

  1. Go to “URL Filter
  2. Select the group  that you would like to control
  3. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  4. Add the domain or URL (www.NameOfWebsiteToBlock.com) of the website to the URL filter

Method 2: Web Content Filtering

Website Category Filtering (Content Filtering)—One Click to Block Thousands of Websites

Block website content categories with BrowseControl’s category filtering feature. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to block distractions and security risks even as new sites emerge.

  1. Go to “Category Filtering
  2. Select the group that you would like to control
  3. Add the categories you would like to block (ex. “Social Media”) to the Blocked Category List

Method 3: Block All Websites Except a Few

Allowed List (Whitelist)—Allow Only
Authorized Websites

With the Allowed List you can allow access to only certain websites or allow websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category. 

For example, you could use Category Filtering to filter Social Media sites while still allowing employees to visit LinkedIn.

  1. Go to “URL Filter
  2. Select the group that you would like to control
  3. Set “Internet” to “Off
  4. Add the allowed websites to the Allowed List

Manage Your Website Blocking 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 Web Filtering Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block users from browsing the web

Internet Off

URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for specific URLs

Internet Off

Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific categories

Internet Off

Internet Scheduler

Schedule Internet restrictions at specific times of the day

Internet Off

Safe Search

Enforce safe search to prevent explicit search results

Internet Off

Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for internet browsing

Internet Off

Download Filter

Block downloads from HTTP sites based on file types

Internet Off

Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk TCP/UDP ports

Internet Off

Customize Message

Display a customized warning message on blocked websites

Internet Off

Application Blocker

Block specific Windows applications from launching

Internet Off

Timer

Allocate specific time for your users to access the Internet

Internet Off

Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without alerting users

Internet Off

Central Web Console

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

Internet Off

Remote Client Install

Easily deploy the CurrentWare Client remotely to all of your computers

Internet Off

Offsite Management

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

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Our database is scaled for enterprise and large business operations

Website Blockers for Compliance With the
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Looking for web blocking and monitoring software for CIPA compliance? Get started with a FREE trial of CurrentWare’s CIPA compliance solutions. CurrentWare offers a special 10% discount to help schools and libraries meet their CIPA compliance needs.

BrowseControl’s Features for CIPA Compliance

  • URL Filters: Block websites based on URL, domain, or IP address to prevent children from accessing obscene content
  • Category Filters: Filter adult-oriented content categories to allow patrons to use your internet service without exposure to obscene material
  • Safe Search: Enforce Google’s safe search service to limit illicit results

Allow Access to Protected Speech for Adults

Want to meet CIPA compliance requirements without restricting legitimate online content and protected speech for adult patrons? BrowseControl includes a variety of features to make customizing the filters in your school or library as easy as a few clicks.

  • Granular Controls: Internet use can be uniquely filtered for groups of computers or users, allowing you to give different content restrictions to adult and child patrons
  • Request Unblocks: On the blocked site page you can provide a URL to request access to the website that was restricted by the filters
  • Central Console: Website blockers can be easily managed for all library and school computers in one convenient location

BrowseControl Website Blocking Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial of the BrowseControl website blocker app 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 website blocker software in your organization, reach out to our team.

Will CurrentWare Have Access to the Browser Usage Data of Our Company?

No. CurrentWare’s software does not send your browser or device 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 Website Blocker Continue to Filter Distracting and High-Risk Sites When Devices Leave the Network?

Yes. The client agent installed on the computers has the ability to block distracting and dangerous websites even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

The client agent stores and enforces BrowseControl’s restriction policies locally on the device. The last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the endpoint loses connection to your network’s CurrentWare Server. This ensures that your policies remain in effect regardless of the network your employees or students use.

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 the CurrentWare Client’s PC usage data and any policy updates will take effect.

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Which Site Should I Block?

Depending on the goals of your company you will block different websites. 

To help keep your employees productive you may choose to block any site that could be considered a distraction, such as Facebook or TikTok. To improve security you may use the content category filtering features to proactively block websites that are known to be dangerous.

Need some ideas of what distractions to add to your website block list? Click here for a list of websites to block at work.

How Do I Limit Internet Use at a Certain Time?

BrowseControl includes three features to limit 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 sites during their breaks while restricting them during work periods. 

The Internet Quota feature allows the administrator to control how long each user has access to the web on a daily basis. This allows them to browse the web throughout the day until their quota is reached. This feature is ideal for organizations with patrons that do not require ongoing access to the web.

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

Is BrowseControl Suitable For Families?

No. CurrentWare’s software solutions are designed for businesses, schools, libraries, and other organizations. In other words, they are not suitable for parents that want parental control software for their child. 

  • The minimum order quantity is 10 licenses, which may not be feasible for parents with a limited number of devices for their child.

  • BrowseControl starts at $2.99 USD per license per month; while this is advantageous pricing for a business environment, it may be cost prohibitive for parents that simply want a parental control web filtering service. 

  • All of CurrentWare’s solutions are developed with a business or educational environment in mind. As such, our development is not focused on managing child web use in the way a dedicated parental control software would be.

For software solutions that are more suited to families, please see the Best Parental Control Software reviews from PCMag.

Can I Allow Local Network Access While Preventing Access to Online Resources?

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

Can I Limit Web Use 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.

CurrentWare is a Citrix Ready partner; all of our solutions have gone through rigorous testing to ensure it is compatible with Citrix. 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 the web in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block a site on PC Mode to control the individual virtual machine or on User Mode to control specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Monitoring and managing employees 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:

CurrentWare for Remote Desktop & Terminal Server

CurrentWare for Citrix Activity Monitoring

CurrentWare System Requirements

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

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