Internet Filtering Software for Businesses, Schools, and Libraries

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use internet 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 Internet Filtering Software?

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

Monitor and control employee internet use

  • 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

Why Restrict Internet Use With BrowseControl?

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

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 distracting and inappropriate websites to keep your users focused on their tasks
  • Schedule unique restriction policies to provide lesser restrictions during breaks
  • Apply different policies for each user, computer, or group 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 
  • 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 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 Internet Filtering and
Monitoring for Total Protection

Restrict Internet Use

BrowseControl is the best internet filtering software for public schools, public libraries, and businesses

  • 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

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Monitor Internet Use

BrowseReporter is the best employee 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.
  • Get reports on words used in search engines, websites visited, and applications used.
  • Noisy data such as CDNs and advertisements are filtered out; the reports show genuine browsing behavior.

Starting at $2.99 USD per license/month

Manage Remote Devices

BrowseControl’s internet filters work no matter where your devices are

  • Use the offsite mode to continue restricting devices when they leave the network
  • Remotely manage internet 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

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 Internet Filtering 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 restricting internet use with web filters 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 the internet filter 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 based on each user, computer, or workgroup. Easily allow websites for specific groups while restricting 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 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 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."

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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!"

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Maritime

FEATURE OVERVIEW

How to Block Websites With BrowseControl

With BrowseControl blocking a website is as easy as installing the
internet filter and adding the URLs/categories 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 permitted URLs to the Allowed List

Manage Your Internet Filter 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

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

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

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

What is the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)?

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a school or public library to be filtered against obscene content such as pornography in order to qualify for special federal funding.

The goal of CIPA is to limit children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the internet by incentivizing public libraries and K-12 schools to implement solutions for monitoring and restricting children’s usage of the web.

Public libraries and K-12 schools are not required by law to be in compliance with CIPA, however, libraries and schools that opt not to adhere to CIPA are at a serious disadvantage.

CIPA compliance opens opportunities for discounted telecommunications services through The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Libraries not in compliance with CIPA also lose the opportunity for funding through the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA).

BrowseControl’s Features for CIPA Compliance

  • URL Filters: Block specific websites based on URL, domain, or IP address to prevent children from accessing obscene content
  • Category Filters: Block adults-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 keep children protected against 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 restricted content page you can provide a URL to request access to the website that was restricted by the filters
  • Central Console: Online content filters can be easily managed for all library and school computers in one convenient location

BrowseControl Internet Filter 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 Our Internet Usage Data?

No. CurrentWare’s software does not send your computer usage data or content restriction policy details 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’s Content Filtering Policies Continue to Work When Devices Leave the Network?

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

The client agent stores and enforces BrowseControl’s content restriction policies locally on the device. The last known content control policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection to your network’s CurrentWare Server. This ensures that your content restriction and endpoint protection 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 internet usage data and any policy updates will take effect.

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How Do You Unrestrict a Website?

To unrestrict a website or page 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 sites.

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 users or computers you would like to modify and remove the website from the Block List. 

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

How Do I Block Internet Use 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 sites 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 them to browse the web throughout the day until their quota is reached. This feature is ideal for internet cafes and other organizations with patrons 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

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.

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 for their child. 
  • 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 internet 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

How Do I Disable the Internet for my Users?

To completely block the internet, 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 a site, add it to the Allow List (whitelist) or Block List (blacklist/deny list) of the URL filter.

To block a site 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.

Can I Restrict Internet 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 internet in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block a site on PC Mode to restrict the individual virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict the internet 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:
CurrentWare for Remote Desktop & Terminal Server

CurrentWare for Citrix Activity Monitoring

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How Can I Prevent a Specific Computer from Accessing Inappropriate Content Categories?

The BrowseControl web content filter allows you to assign unique web control policies for each group of computers or users. This allows you to apply unique controls based on what is considered inappropriate for each use case.

For example, a school or library can provide less restrictions for adults than then would for children. Schools can also group students into grade-based groups to tailor the restrictions based on the age group of the children.

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 apply your desired filters.

Learn More: How to Block a Website With BrowseControl

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